COVID-19: Information for the gambling sector 

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We are communicating with industry representatives about interim changes to how regulated parties are expected to comply with the Gambling Act, as they transition through the New Zealand Government’s Alert Levels.

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Class 4 operational updates

10 July: Updates on net proceeds retention, fee waivers and refunds

  • Reminder that cash reserves must not be used to purchase fixed assets, more details about EMS fees and other fee waivers and refunds.
  • Information about new regulatory amendments that formalise the relief measures put in place in response to COVID-19. 

21 May: Taverns opening

  • Reminders for bars and taverns with gaming machines. These businesses can open from today, under the Government’s Alert Level 2 guidelines. (Update 6)

12 May: Operating at Alert Level 2

  • Further information on compliance, harm minimisation and community grants for Class 4 gambling societies, venues and clubs when reopening their establishments at Alert Level 2. (Update 5)

1 May 2020: Operation of gambling venues under COVID-19 Alert Level 2

  • Considerations for compliance with public health guidance as venues prepare to move to Alert Level 2. (Update 4)

21 April: COVID-19 relief measures for clubs

  • Temporary extension of the scope of authorised purpose to include general expenses, to help support staff and ‘keep the lights on’. The percentage of funds allocated to the authorised purpose remains unchanged. (Update 3)

7 April: Exercising leniency in relation to Regulations 10 and 11 

  • details about temporary changes (for an initial period of 12 weeks) to regulations governing the administration of community return. (Update 2)

27 March: Easing financial and regulatory pressures for C4 sector

  • Short term measures to provide the C4 sector with some relief from financial and regulatory pressures and ensure that appropriate regulatory oversight continues. These measures relate broadly to fees and licencing. (Update 1)

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