SkyCity Entertainment Group has announced that its Auckland casino and entertainment facilities will remain closed until at least August 26 as the nation deals with a reappearance of Covid-19 infections in the capital city.
SkyCity’s Adelaide Casino also remains open with physical distancing and hygiene requirements already in place.
New Zealand had previously appeared to have largely defeated the Covid-19 outbreak, going over a hundred days without recording any new cases. SkyCity Auckland had reached the point at which it could welcome guests with its full range of entertainment services.
However, the nation now has 78 active cases concentrated in Auckland, the source of which remains a mystery.
In response, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern delayed general elections for four weeks until October 17 after consulting with the opposition parties.
Genting Singapore Executive Chairman Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay said the outlook for the group continues to be challenging due to the Covid crisis, however, the company is excited about its expansion plans in Singapore and Japan.
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.