From Thursday, SkyCity Auckland will be permitted to operate without any Covid-19 related restrictions such as social distancing or limitations on the size of gatherings, the company has announced.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stated on Monday that Auckland no longer needed to operate under special measures. “There is now a 95 percent probability of the cluster being eliminated,” she said at a news conference. “Covid-19 will be with us for many months to come. But we should still mark these milestones.”
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. On August 31 it was permitted to resume operations under physical distancing and other restrictions.
The firm’s Hamilton and Queenstown facilities have been operating without restrictions since September 22.
A local union in Jeju held a public demonstration in which it pledged to work for the interests of casino workers who have been badly affected by the coronavirus pandemic and related crisis for the tourism industry.
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.