More Casino Closures announced by Great Canadian Gaming Corporation23rd November 2020 |
New Casino closures announced due to Covid-19. Great Canadian Gaming Corporation is one of the country’s leading casino operators, operating 25 casinos across four provinces in Canada. It takes its role very seriously and with all the responsibility that comes with it, as is evident from its statement announcing more casino closures. The latest casinos to be closed down in these hard times are Casino Ajax and Great Blue Heron Casino.
Sunday, 22 November saw Ontario rolling out adopted measures and new casino closures due to the constantly fluctuating Covid-19 situation in the province. Always professional and determined to adapt according to the needs of the times, Great Canadian Gaming announced in advance that it would be shutting the doors of its casino in Ajax as well as the tribal casino in Port Perry. Unfortunately, due to the instability of the current circumstances, these two casinos have been shut down indefinitely.
Read more about Great Canadian Gaming’s attempts to save the gaming industry from Covid.
Both casinos stopped their operations on the same day that new measures were declared in Ontario, at 11:59pm EST. Casino Ajax along with Great Blue Heron Casino had been open for less than two months, following a lockdown that started in mid-March and carried on for just a little over six months. In a statement released by Great Canadian Gaming, the corporation stated that they “will be suspending casino operations…..as part of the effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the Province.” Both shut downs follow the provincial government’s health recommendations to protect staff and patrons alike, but the unprecedented situation is resulting in negative consequences for the gambling industry nation-wide.
Read about Quebec’s October casino closures.
Casinos had already been operating under a set of restrictive measures, but the latest casino closures declared by the Ontario government is sure to take an even bigger toll on the industry. The previous restriction of not allowing more than 50 people inside an establishment at a time was already proving hard for Great Canadian Gaming to rake in a substantial profit. Further regulation on indoor gatherings make operating a casino completely unsustainable from a financial point of view. On November 15, the corporation saw the closing of two more of its casinos located in Ontario, Elements Casino Mohawk in Milton and Elements Casino Flamboro in Hamilton.
Casinos in New Brunswick are also to experience some changes in casino operation, though not extreme as to be forced to shut down. A major change is a limit in occupancy, restricting casinos to welcome no more than 50 people indoors at one go. As part of its commitment to provide a safe environment for both its employees and guests, Casino New Brunswick, managed by Great Canadian Gaming, will also undergo these changes. So far, no closure is in the pipeline.
November 10 was also an important day in Toronto, where the local government made the official announcement that saw casinos and gambling halls remaining closed to the public. Because of this, Great Canadian’s plans to reopen Casino Woodbine had to be put on the backburner. The gaming hotspot would have reopened its doors just four days from the announcement, after having closed its doors on October 8. The situation is not a happy one for the gaming sector, but the leading corporation keeps striving to make sure that gaming remains safe for all those involved.
Casino Woodbine, Elements Casino Mohawk, Elements Casino Flamboro, Casino Ajax, and Great Blue Heron Casino will remain closed until further notice, as Great Canadian Gaming keeps a close eye on the recommendations made by health authorities.
Get more updates on Great Canadian Gaming’s website.
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