Covid-19 Fears Keep Gateway Casinos’ Doors Shut

Covid-19 Fears Keep Gateway Casinos’ Doors Shut

Gateway casinos are a well-known name in the entertainment industry in Canada, owning 23 casinos across British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. Before Covid-19 struck Gateway had even set their eyes on expansion and becoming a publicly listed company. However, as we all know, 2020 has not been a great year for financial planning or much else.

Quick Facts about Gateway Casinos 

  • Founded in 1992
  • Employee count : 3,000
  • Own: 23 casino venues

It is without a doubt that Covid-19, declared a global pandemic in January 2020 and reaching Canada in the same month, has hit the gaming world hard. Casinos around Canada were forced to shut their doors in March as health authorities closed down non-essential businesses – a trend followed the world over.

However, as the world comes to terms with having to live with this pandemic, the lifting of extremely restrictive measures has made it possible for some casinos to start reopening, as long as certain precautions are taken. Some of these include having all the staff and players wear masks both indoors and outdoors, sanitizing tables and machines when a customer is done playing, and maintaining social distancing between patrons. Some casinos, like River Cree Casino in Alberta, are also choosing to make sure that their customers are safe by banning certain table-games such as poker. Frequent hand sanitisation is also a popular measure taken by most establishments. These high standards have made it possible for casinos to start welcoming players on their premises once more.

Having said that, not all safety guidelines are as easy or straightforward to implement. Ontario is employing some of the strictest measures to allow businesses to start operating again while still keeping the population as safe as possible. A measure which says that indoor occupancy has to be kept at a maximum of 50 people is particularly troublesome.

This is the main reason why Gateway will not be opening their doors for the time being, despite being given the green light by Ontario’s health authorities. Having only a small number of patrons while still having to keep all games open will not be profitable for the operator. In fact, Rob Mitchell, Gateway Casinos & Entertainment director of communications and public affairs, said that “right now, we have no set timeline for re-opening any Gateway locations. We are currently evaluating the recent Stage 3 announcement and how the capacity restrictions will impact potential re-openings and our ability to bring our people back to work.”

Plans to reopen will have to ultimately be reviewed by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, and even then, the final decision will still depend on Gateway. With their opening dates still under consideration, casino-lovers all over Canada will surely notice and miss Gateway’s presence since their casinos tend to be favoured among frequent casino-goers.

With that being said, players can still continue playing from the comfort of their own home as online casinos are always open, no matter where you are playing from. Apart from this, to continue making sure that their customers are well-served while still staying safe, players now have a wider range of games to choose from, any time, anywhere.

List of Shut Gateway Casinos in Canada

? Gateway Casinos Thunder Bay, Ontario –  Closed

? Gateway Casinos, Innisfil, Ontario – Closed

? Gateway Casinos Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario – Closed

? Gateway Casinos Sudbury, Ontario – Closed

? Gateway Casinos Woodstock, Ontario – Closed

? Lake City Casino, Vernon, B.C. – Closed

? Playtime Casino – Kelowna, B.C. – Closed

? Cascades Casino Resort – Langley, B.C. – Closed

Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Headquarters

4331 Dominion St, Burnaby, BC V5G 1C7, Canada