Saturday, November 27

Covid-19: SkyCity Identifies 1000 Customers and 240 Employees as Close Contacts


SkyCity has identified around 1,000 customers and 240 employees who were at the casino when a positive Covid case visited the gaming room.

SkyCity signage

Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

Covid-19 cases are expected to increase in the New Zealand Delta outbreak and locations of interest have soared to around 70 sites.

The potential SkyCity exposure window was between 1.15am and 3am Saturday, and identified staff and customers are considered close contacts.

Public health authorities have warned all staff to isolate themselves, contact Healthline and get tested, SkyCity CEO Michael Ahearne said in a statement.

SkyCity is reaching out to worker staff to convey public health advice, according to the statement.

The casino estimates that around 1000 customers were in the main gaming room during the time the positive case visited.

“Public health authorities have reported that all customers who were in the main game room at the same time are considered close contacts and are advised to stay home, watch for symptoms and get tested,” he said Ahearne’s statement.

SkyCity is closed, with a small number of workers still on site performing security and surveillance duties, and serving a small number of guests at the SkyCity Grand Hotel.

A team of specialists will carry out a deep cleaning of the main playing floor, all public elevators, handrails and the rear area of ​​the house will be subjected.

SkyCity continues to work with public health services to provide the necessary information for contact tracing purposes.

New locations of interest were added to the The website of the Ministry of Health today. These are Hoyts Cinemas: Wairau Park, Domino’s Pizza Beach Haven, Countdown Takapuna, Remuera Exchange, Z Harris Road Service Station, Movie Monterey Takapuna, and KFC Takapuna.

Up to 900 people may have passed one of Auckland’s busy bars in central Auckland visited by a positive case of Covid on Friday night.

Bar 101 on Elliot St is promoted online as Auckland’s premier student nightclub.

It is owned by the Lawrenson Group, whose CEO, John Lawrenson, says it was quieter than usual that night.

He estimates that some 400 people may have been in the bar at the same time as the case in the two hours from 11.30pm.

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