Christchurch casino reopens, but no poker this yr

New Zealand’s Christchurch Casino has reopened just after the town moved to Alert Degree 2, but states it doesn’t hope to resume its poker functions this calendar year.

Unlike a lot of casinos reopening, these as in Singapore and Malaysia, the house is not specifying a have to have for comprehensive vaccination to enter.

All gamers will have to have to put on masks unless of course they are taking in or consuming, whilst there is also required contact tracing in position.

Despite the fact that the casino has opened, a assertion on its web site stated that it will not be feasible to resume poker functions, or hold the New Zealand Poker Championship due to social distancing demands. 

“We will overview poker when we get far more clarity about our return to far more regular functions,” the assertion reported. 

“Sadly we never see an possibility this facet of Xmas where by we consider we can get the NZPC in. For Poker to function sure restrictions needs to be taken out, the major one particular now is the Social distancing that lets for additional “runners” on a table activity. This usually means NZPC 2021 will extra than possible not see a card dealt. 

We do approach to go with NZPC 2022 as quickly as we see an prospect- so this could be early 2022 if matters apparent up.”

In other places in New Zealand, SkyCity Entertainment’s Queensland property has reopened, but its Hamilton and Auckland resorts remain shut.