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.
This Dossier results from the “Life After POGOs” editorial project by Asia Gaming Brief which culminated with a pop-up digital forum on 9th December to discuss potentials ramifications in the industry.
On 3 April 2020, the Ministry of Home Affairs of Singapore (MHA) announced that it will be reconstituting the Casino Regulatory Authority (CRA) to establish the Gambling Regulatory Authority (GRA) by 2021. The GRA will have an expanded mandate to regulate the entire gambling landscape in Singapore and aims to consolidate and optimize gambling regulatory resources within a single agency.
The Macau Civil Servants Association has urged Chief Executive Ho Iat Sent to encourage the other five gaming operators to follow SJM Holdings in providing a "reward" to employees early in the New Year.
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.
While nowhere in the world has escaped the economic fallout from the Covid-19 crisis, Macau has been hit harder than most, with forecasts for gross domestic product to shrink more than 50 percent this year.