Casino Rama To Finally Reopen Its Doors

By Ben Hamill - November 20 2020

Casino Rama To Finally Reopen Its Doors

Ontario’s Casino Rama will after eight long months of closure finally reopen its doors. Though a definite reopening date has not yet been announced, Rama First Nation Chief Ted Williams this week confirmed that the popular venue is expected to reopen within seven to ten days.

 The initial reopening will see patrons return to the stalwart gaming venue via invitation only, and with no table games, food and beverage services, and entertainment amenities being offered. Following several months of consultation with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation as well as operator Gateway Casinos & Entertainment, Casino Rama will reopen will extensive health and safety protocols in check, Williams explained.

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Learning From Others

Casino Rama is one of the few local gaming venues still shuttered. Since the number of guests permitted to be present inside of any public venue in the province is currently still limited to 50, Williams said the decision regarding when to reopen could only be taken after several factors had been taken into account – including the economic feasibility of a limited reopening and the health and safety of those workers about to make their way back to their place of employment.

According to the First Nation chief, he and several other members of the First Nations council recently visited Standardbred racetrack and entertainment venue Georgian Downs, which is situated in Innisfil, Ont., and is also operated by Gateway Casinos & Entertainment. The purpose of the visit, explained Williams, was to see firsthand the effects of limited occupancy, a strict adherence to public health guidelines, the mandated wearing of masks, etc. on the day-to-day running of the business.

Since no incidents have been reported at the Innisfil gaming venue to date, Williams said the task force team now feels confident that the same successful reopening strategy can and should be implemented at Casino Rama.

Charities Welcome Reopening

News of the upcoming reopening of the popular venue will have been music to the ears of several local charity organisations supported by Casino Rama over the years. The facility has via its Casino Rama Cares program been keeping a number of charities afloat – charities who say that though they have been receiving some support from other businesses in the area since the casino shut its doors in mid-March, are facing enormous financial difficulties because of the loss of support from Casino Rama and its generous employees.

Charities supported by Casino Rama include The Sharing Place Food Centre, the St. James Anglican Church, Jubilee House, and the Lighthouse Soup Kitchen and Shelter. 

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