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SkyCity: Normal operation, but no security

Slowly but surely returns to the New Zealand Casinos back to normal. At least that applies to the SkyCity Casinos. After the government recently significantly downgraded the risk of a corona infection, the gaming group has resumed normal operations in most companies. However, one is not over the mountain yet, as the company says. Despite the easing, further layoffs or other consequential damage could also occur in the further course.

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The SkyCity Casinos in New Zealand are allowed to welcome players again. Although normal operations are returning, according to the company, there are still follow-on problems.(©nadine_simoner/Pixabay)

Everything back to normal at SkyCity?

Since The SkyCity Casinos in New Zealand will be able to welcome players again for about a month. So far, however, this has only been possible if strict precautionary measures are observed. Now, however, the measures continue to relax after the country's governmentlowered the alert level surrounding the corona pandemic to level 1. According to the country, the last infected patient, a woman from Auckland, has not seen any symptoms for over 48 hours. The country is officially considered corona-free. For the SkyCity Casinos and the players, this means that it is now possible to play again without distance rules or other restrictions. In addition, public and private events will be held regularly again.

A total of three of the four SkyCity Casinos in New Zealand are back to normal. These include the establishments in Auckland, Queenstown and Hamilton. For now, however, the SkyCity Wharf Casino and the Adelaide Casino will remain closed. However, the management said that they were stilllooking forward to welcoming customers back to the branches. In addition, the group added in the press release that it was a fantastic feeling to let the public enjoy the different facets of the in-house properties again.

No breathing deeply despite easing

Although the mood at SkyCity is currently quite good, the group has already expressed some concerns in the past.So the development since the reopening in May is positive, but one cannot predict further developments. The casinos are heavily dependent on tourism. And when exactly it will start rolling again is still completely unclear. As the group announced, there could still be layoffs even after the current easing. However, they want to do everything they can to restructure their own offerings and make them more suitable for the locals. But the offer seems to be going down well with them. On average, the casinos in Auckland and Hamilton have enjoyed an occupancy rate of around 32 percent since reopening. To date, sales have mainly been generated with slot machines. Table games such as roulette, blackjack or poker are now supposed to provide fun again.

According to SkyCity, it can also be assumed that there will be differences between the individual product areas in development.All gambling areas would therefore recover faster, since these are not quite as tailored to tourists. It would be different with the income from the bars and restaurants. It will probably take a lot longer here before sales like before the Corona crisis can be generated again.

The risk of infection should continue to be kept low

The further easing should not, however, lead to a second corona wave possibly breaking out over New Zealand. For this reason, according to CEO Stephens, one wants to continue to pay attention to infection protection. This continues to have top priority. However,one would like to rely on significantly less severe measures, for which a concept is currently being developed. The company also stated that it also wanted to support the government in introducing a tracer app for Covid-19. This is excellent news for players across New Zealand. The country presents itself in an exemplary constitution, which also applies to the gaming authority. Compared to Kenya, Macau or Las Vegas, New Zealand has a clear advantage.

The loosening of the country's restrictions also means good news for all other areas of gambling. Betting providers, for example, can not only look forward to the return of football and Co. to normal operations. The trot and greyhound races have also been running again since May,now the so-called thoroughbred races are to start again from July. As the umbrella organization RITA announced, the monthly income has recently remained up to 50 percent below expectations. The number of customers in the racing industry would also have decreased by 35 percent. Here too, however, people are now looking to the future with much more optimism and are hoping to be able to generate the lost sales and income as the year progresses.

Patience is still required in Kenya

It remains to be seen when normal operations can be started again in the Canadian arcades and casinos. The industry is happy that doors can be opened again at all. Arcades can again make their offer available without restrictions.The casinos, however, are still required to keep the gaming areas closed for table games. Here, too, gaming is only permitted at the machines so far. However, the latest developments in the number of infections are also positive for Kenya, so that normal operations can soon be achieved here as well.

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The article was published on June 17th, 2020 in the Fraustest.com magazine under the keywords, ,,, published.
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