Casinos in Canada open their doors once again30th July 2020 |
The Great Canadian Gaming Corporation announced that it would be temporarily suspending the gaming facilities in Ontario, British Colombia, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. This regulation came into effect on March the 16th and has said to remain in effect until further notice. This suspension came about after consultation with lottery corporations and based on announcements from the health authorities regarding the risks of possible transmission of the virus. “On behalf of our 10,000 team members across the country, and the millions of guests we have the privilege of hosting and entertaining each year, we know we have a role to play in the fight to slow down the spread of COVID-19,” stated Rod Baker, Chief Executive Officer. “We are taking this unprecedented and proactive step along with the countless other organizations across the country that are taking similar action to collectively contain the spread of COVID-19,” added Baker.
On July 23rd, the Government gave the green light to businesses that were closed, such as casinos, to reopen their doors under new guidelines. However, despite the Canadian Public Health Authorities giving the green light to reopen under new providential guidelines, not all casinos will be opening their doors to casino gamblers. Niagara Falls’s two gambling halls will not be reopening its doors for now. Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati has said that this is not a casino issue. It is a capacity issue, as reported by Niagara Falls Review.
What’s different at Casinos
The new casino experience is going to be different. Safety measures are now in place. Canadian players at the casino need to adhere to the new rules. They will now have to keep a distance of two metres between each other, have their temperature checked at the door and sanitize at all times. Due to this, the majority of Casinos are no longer open 24 hours a day, instead closing for a few hours per day because now, they will need to clean gaming machines between customers. Due to the current situation, fifty people are now allowed to be at a casino at the same time. Canadian casinos are restricted from operating table games during this time, and only a few slot machines are available.
In a statement to the press, President and CEO of the Canadian Gaming Association Paul Burns stated that casinos were always a traditional cash business. It is due to the current situation, and how technology is continuously improving the way payments are processed, casinos will eventually be switched to cashless payment options.
List of casinos that are now open in Canada:
Pure Casino Lethbridge
River Rock Casino Resort
Grey Rock Casino
St.John’s Racing and Entertainment Centre
Casino Nova Scotia Halifax
Red Shores at Summerside
Casino de Charlevoix
Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Gambling Hall
List of Casinos that are still closed in Canada:
Elements Casino Bradford
Lenny’s Last Word
With regards to the casinos that are still closed in Canada, Niagara Casinos has released a statement saying it is currently analyzing the requirements to reopen and how capacity restrictions will affect Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort and Casino Niagara. “While we are not reopening this Friday, we look forward to welcoming back our guests soon,” said Richard Taylor, president of Niagara Casinos. Whilst with regards to Elements Casino Bradford, Great Canadian’s executive vice-president stated “At this time, a date has not been determined when Elements Casino Brantford will reopen, but we will be announcing further details once confirmed,” Chuck Keeling, Great Canadian’s executive vice-president, stakeholder relations, told The Expositor. “Throughout the entire period that COVID-19 has been a public health concern, the health and safety of our guests and team members have been our highest priority.” The team at SuperLenny will keep Canadian players updated with regards to when Niagara Casinos and Elements Casino Bradford will be reopening their doors.