Auckland has been put back into stage three lockdown, while the rest of the country moves back to stage two, after new Covid-19 cases were discovered in a local household with no obvious cause of transmission.
Four cases were discovered in the same family after 102 days of being completely in the clear. There was no obvious source as to where the infection had come from as the family had not travelled, or been in contact with anyone in managed isolation.
As a results, Auckland residents will be required to stay at home and all bars, restaurants and non-essential services will close down.
The news will be a blow to the country, which has won international praise for its handling of the crisis. SkyCity Entertainment Group was one of the first to reopen its casinos to the public, after Macau, and had been enjoying brisk business.
The new lockdown will take effect tomorrow for three days.
With continued and future disruptions on land-based casino revenues, industry executives are asking whether online casino platforms, which have seen rapid growth rates, can play a role in assisting stalled revenue lines and help them move beyond these difficult times.
Hong Kong-listed R&F Properties is seeking new financing and a casino operator partner for the Midan City development in Incheon, attempting to recover from Caesars Entertainment’s abandonment of the partnership.
The world is bouncing back, or at least coming to grips with the fact that going forward not much will be the same as before. Commendably, this industry quickly understood the need to adapt to a new normal, and that the days of targeting the low hanging fruit of the VIP sector are gone.
Over the years, many of the answers have been remarkably prescient in their forecasts for the near-term direction of Asia’s gaming industry. However, we can safely say that no one came anywhere close to guessing what 2020 may have had in store.