Casino Nova Scotia Closes Down
With the global health crisis showing no immediate signs of letting up, Canadian casinos continue to struggle under the pressures of closures across the provinces. The latest bad news was the shuttering of the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation-owned Casino Nova Scotia in Halifax, which had to close its doors on April 22 as provincial government announced yet another lockdown order in an attempt to curb the spread of infections in the province.
The situation has created a precarious situation for land-based casinos and gaming establishments. The Casino Nova Scotia in Halifax, for one, has been subjected to openings and closures ever since the crisis first struck in March last year. After being shuttered for most of the year last year, it only got the re-opening green light from provincial authorities as recently as January this year, only to be shuttered all over again now.
Situation Described As Desperate
It should however be stressed that the latest lockdown orders won’t affect Great Canadian Gaming Corp.’s Casino Nova Scotia Sydney. Since the latest closures only affect those businesses operating in the Halifax Regional Municipality, the Sydney-based gaming venue will, at least for now, be conducting business as usual.
Commenting on the precarious situation, Great Canadian Gaming interim CEO Terrance Doyle said on Monday that the local gaming giant is eagerly awaiting the day it is permitted to re-open all its venues across the provinces. Doyle also confirmed that the corporation is presently working hard on a safe re-opening strategy so as to ensure long-term sustainability within the boundaries of a new normal.
Doyle said since literally thousands of the corporation’s employees are currently unable to work and earn a meaningful income, it is of crucial importance that once permitted to re-open, the gaming establishments under its control will do so in a controlled and health-conscious manner.
Only 2 Venues Operational
Following recent closures, including the shuttering of its Elements Casino Brantford and Shorelines Casino Thousand Island, the gaming giant now has only 2 of its 26 Canadian venues actually open and operating.
The two Ontario-based properties were shuttered on March 21 following the province’s latest ban on social convenings. Also closed, and after only a month back in operation, are Shorelines Slots at Kawartha Downs and Shorelines Casino Peterborough – leaving only Casino Nova Scotia Sydney and Casino New Brunswick currently serving customers.
The latest closures are undoubtedly an already desperate situation aggravated even further. The operator has now pinned its hopes on a successful and speedy vaccination roll-out.