Century Casinos Reopens Four Alberta Establishments
Century Casinos, the Colorado Springs-based gaming company, has announced that four of its Alberta establishments have reopened as of June 10, 2021. After the company had to close all casinos in the Canadian province on 13 December last year, they suffered huge cuts in revenue. Alberta’s “Open for Summer Plan” has now moved to stage two, allowing casinos to open with health and safety protocols in place.
The establishments that have been able to open their doors once more are Century Casino & Hotel Edmonton; Century Casino St. Albert; Century Mile Racetrack and Casino; Century Downs Racetrack and Casino; and Century Sports Calgary. In Poland, Century Casinos has reopened their eight locations as of 28 May, stating that they hope to get back to “normal operations” in the country as soon as possible.
Remedying Loss Of Revenue
The global health crisis has caused many industries to suffer financially, and casinos have been no exception. Their revenue for Q1 was $72.41 million – a drop of 17% from last year’s figure of $87.65 million. In the USA, 2020 saw the industry’s revenue plummet by 31.3% to $30 billion – the lowest it has been since 2003. This was a direct result of temporary and/or permanent closures put in place to deal with the global health situation.
Opening For Summer
In Alberta, casino patrons will have to don masks when indoors and do their bit to maintain social distancing. The 3rd stage of the “Open for Summer Plan” is expected to arrive by early July, which may allow regulations to be relaxed even further. Currently indoor entertainment and recreational facilities are allowed to open at one-third capacity to allow for adequate distance between patrons.
On Twitter Century Casino St. Albert let patrons know on June 11 that their table games were open until 3am, reassuring them that slot attendants were standing by to keep machines clean and ready for use.
Century Casinos operates a total of eleven land-based casinos in the USA, Canada, and the UK, as well as having casinos on a number of cruise ships. Its subsidiary, Casinos Poland, manages the eight establishments situated in Warsaw, Wroclaw, Bielsko-Biala, Katowice, Krakow and Lodz. The company was formed in 1992 and will soon celebrate 30 years in business.
Some companies around the globe are heading into the second half of 2021 still struggling with the previous year’s difficulties; Century Casinos is ready to get back down to business and has already welcomed back many patrons.