SkyCity Entertainment has announced that, except for Auckland, Covid-19 restrictions will no longer be necessary at its New Zealand properties.
This means that the firm’s Hamilton and Queenstown facilities can now operate once again without physical distancing measures and that the general public can return to the casinos.
SkyCity Auckland, however, will continue to operate under restrictions for the time being, until given the green light by the government to resume normal business.
After getting the Covid-19 pandemic under control in the early summer, Auckland witnessed a further outbreak in early August which forced SkyCity to once again suspend operations at SkyCity Auckland. As of August 31 it has been permitted to resume operations under physical distancing and other restrictions.
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.
Tomakomai Mayor Hirofumi Iwakura has again pressed the Hokkaido prefectural authorities led by Governor Naomichi Suzuki to rejoin the IR race in the current cycle, arguing that the nine-month delay in the national licensing timeline provides adequate opportunity to resolve environmental and other concerns.
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.