Alberta Casinos Expect Mass Return Of Patrons

By Ben Hamill - March 10 2021
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Alberta Casinos Expect Mass Return Of Patrons

Canada’s Alberta province is moving ever closer the re-welcoming of the gaming public to local casinos and Bingo halls. Local government has in the meantime started working on a plan of action for ensuring a smooth un-shuttering process, a plan it says it deems crucial owing to the expectation of a mass and sudden inflow of gambling enthusiasts once the current on-site gambling restrictions are lifted.

Initially scheduled for the beginning of March, the big restart has now been bumped up to the end of the month in order to give local authorities and businesses sufficient time to prepare and safeguard their premises and employees. All social gatherings have been restricted to a bare minimum up until now, which restrictions have had a massively negative effect on restaurants, bars, pubs, and of course, casinos and Bingo venues.

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Safety Must Remain A Priority

Many Albertans are expected to be vaccinated by the time local casinos and entertainment venues re-open their doors. But even so, says Edmonton’s Castledowns Bingo Hall manager Brenda Pope, all visitors should still be made to follow strict health and safety protocols so as to ensure a safe return – including temperature checks at all entrances and the ongoing and regular deep-cleaning and sanitation of all high-touch surfaces.

Training efforts are currently ongoing at Bingo Alberta, head of company John Szumlas has said. This is to ensure that staff are prepared for and able to properly conduct the health and safety measures that must continue to be implemented and conducted across the province’s Bingo halls and gaming venues. Szumlas also added that although there may remain a level of concern and hesitancy among Bingo and gaming enthusiasts in the province even despite the strict health and safety measures being put into place and followed, local gaming establishments and Bingo halls must keep on complying with the rolled-out provincial regulations. This, said Szumlas, will help ensure a safe re-opening of local casinos and the Bingo industry in the province.

Employees’ Positive Response

Most employees are understandably excited about being able to return to their positions and former standards of living. According to River Cree Resort and Casino CEO Vik Mahajan, the venues 1,000 members of staff are among those who have responded positively about the likelihood of returning to their jobs.

Mahajan added that River Cree Resort and Casino is ready and waiting for the reopening green light and is able to re-welcome its loyal patrons at a moment’s notice.

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