Awesome news for all those who eagerly awaited to visit Christchurch casino but mostly for Kiwi players that missed their local casino thrills, marvellous pokies and Christchurch casino poker tournaments.
Under NZ Alert Level 2 the Christchurch casino has reopened its door and can welcome up to 100 customers in three defined space areas.
There are a few measures that customers need to stick by in order to keep social distance and to prevent the spread of the virus.
In the following article, we have gathered everything you should know before visiting this casino.
Christcurch casino Covid-19 update
The opening hours are midday to midnight Sunday-Thursday and midday until 2am on Friday and Saturday.
The new update brings certain rules that all customers must adhere to or otherwise will not be able to enter Christchurch casino.
These rules include:
While Alert Level 2 lasts, face covering is a mandatory requirement for all customers, as well as an entry requirement. Even Christchurch casino employees are required to wear masks.
Once you enter the casino, a max or covered face with a scarf or bandana is a must while sitting at EGM / table games.
Wearing masks is basic as you move around the casino, move from one machine to another, go to the toilet, cash desk, or as you move from the dining table to the counter to pay.
The mask may only be removed while drinking a drink, after which you must return it. If you do not have a mask, the casino staff will hand you one.
Contact tracing at Christchurch casino entry
Mandatory contact tracing under Alert Level 2 is required to occur in all hospitality businesses.
This rule is set by the Goverment and non-compliance with this rule you will not be able to enter the hospitality facilities.
Therefore, in order to enter Christchurch casino during Alert Level 2 without any complications, you will have three options, which include:
Download Covid Tracer App and use to when enter the casino by scanning the QR code on your phone.
If you have a Players Club card just swipe it on the entrance.
If you are a member and do not have this card with you, please use one of the two other options and head to the Players Club desk (Defined Space 1) where you will get a new cared printed instantly.
The third option is to head in the Casino foyer and start Customer Regsitration from.
Completing this form is absouletely private and digitalized.
All info will be used only for the purpose of contact tracing. After it’s no longer is needed for this purpose it will be deleted.
If you do not want to use any of these three options your entry into the casino will be declined.
Christchurch casino poker tournaments – update
Sadly, due to Level 2 and the main measure of social distance restrictions Christchurch casino poker competitions will not be held this year.
On the official website of Christchurch casino, they announced that if things are not clarified, no poker cards will be dealt in 2021.
But what is positive is that they have announced that they plan to launch NZPC 2022 as soon as the opportunity arises – let’s hope that this will happen at the beginning of 2022.
For all competitors who have applied for NZPC 2021 they have two options:
Leave your entry as is: wait for the NZPC release date, and you will be automatically selected for the following dates.
Request a refund: you will need to register as a new entrant when posting new dates.
For those who want their money transferred to their bank account, identity verification is required, which means that you must send a screenshot of your account number and name to [email protected]
Your money will be sent to you within five working days.
Additional info about other gambling facilities in NZ
There are a total of six land based casinos in New Zealand including Christchurch Casino, but due to the current state of due to Delta restrictions not all casinos are open.
Take for example Sky City Auckland casino is totally closed due to Covid Alert Level 4 to further.
Sky City Hamitlno Casino is open 24/7 but under the same restrictions as the casino in Christchurch with a limited number of visitors per gaming floor, and other measures that go with Alert Level 2.
The former Dunedin Casino now Grand Casino is also open on normal open hours where it is also mandatory to wear masks, social distance and sign up during entry.
As for Queenstown where the two Sky City casinos are located Wharf has been closed since the beginning of the pandemic, while Queenstown casino is open from 11am to 12am with restrictions.