SkyCity has announced it will turn off several gaming machines and limit the number of players at gaming tables due to the ongoing coronavirus situation.

Gaming promotions at the site have also been put on hold and a large number of public events scheduled to happen there have been canned.

Chief executive of the SkyCity Entertainment Group, Graeme Stephens, said the significant changes were made to ensure the safety of both the public and staff and to help minimise the potential spread of Covid-19.

The "social distancing measures" now in place at SkyCity's casino and other areas include a number of gaming machines being turned off to ensure a safe distance between players.

SkyCity has announced changes to its casino and gaming areas due to coronavirus restrictions. File Photo / Peter Meecham
SkyCity has announced changes to its casino and gaming areas due to coronavirus restrictions. File Photo / Peter Meecham

The number of players at each gaming table available at SkyCity will also be reduced to five per table - with no back betting allowed, in order to avoid crowding.

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"Our guests have been very supportive of the changes we are making and we thank them for their ongoing understanding as we adapt to these challenging times.

"We are committed to providing a safe environment for both staff and customers at SkyCity."

Meanwhile, some of New Zealand's most popular destinations for local and overseas visitors have also updated their advice.

Te Papa, the national museum on Wellington's waterfront, says it has "increased hygiene measures in our building and for our staff".

"We will continue to monitor advice from health authorities and will respond accordingly, including closing the museum if authorities recommend it," a message on its website states.

"The health of our visitors, our staff, and our community is important to us. Kia ora, kia kaha! Stay well Aotearoa and let's look after each other."


The Auckland War Memorial Museum remains open but is "vigilant in what is a rapidly evolving situation".

"We're actively monitoring the situation and following the New Zealand Ministry of Health's expert advice," a statement from the museum said.

"While the risk of contracting Covid-19 in New Zealand remains low, we are managing any risks to ensure the museum remains a safe and welcoming space for everyone.

"Regular cleaning is advised as one of the most important preventive measures. Extra steps have been taken to make sure that visiting the museum is pleasant and safe experience for all our visitors. We've put in place an updated cleaning regime to ensure spaces are cleaned more frequently and with extra care. We've also increased the cleaning of high-touch areas such as handrails, door handles etc.

"Experts advise that hand washing, hygiene and good cough etiquette are most effective for reducing the spread of this virus so we encourage regular hand washing as the best defence. Hand sanitiser has been made available for our customers and staff in restrooms throughout the museum."

Multilingual signage in all the museum's restrooms is also aimed at letting visitors know how to most effectively wash their hands.

Auckland Zoo says it is following Ministry of Health guidelines.

"We will adhere to these guidelines and ask that our visitors do the same so we can make sure our spaces are safe and welcoming for everyone."

That advice includes covering coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or coughing or sneezing into your elbow, and the regular washing of hands.