Hotels & Casinos Lighting Up Hearts In Dark Times

By Ben Hamill - March 30 2020
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Hotels & Casinos Lighting Up Hearts In Dark Times

There are now more than 1,500 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ontario alone. Industries all over the province are suffering severe economic consequences because of the Coronavirus-induced lockdown. And while some are able to continue to function at least to some extent, the hospitality industry is perhaps hardest hit of all, having come to a complete standstill because of widespread fears of cross-contamination.

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But even though the situation is threatening to cripple the industry, local hotel buildings and casino venues have taken to showing solidarity and support in a pretty special way: by creating hearts of light by lighting up some of their rooms. And even though none of the usual hustle and bustle can been seen in the normally busy streets of Niagara Falls, the initiative known as Niagara Falls Hearts is reminding everyone that we’re in this together.

Marriott Fallsview The Frontrunner

The idea originated among the staff at Marriott Fallsview Hotel, who having thought that it may be exactly what the doctor had ordered in order to lift the spirits of everyone affected by the lockdown, decided that something beautiful and full of light was just the thing needed to pierce the darkness and isolation currently experienced by so many all over the region.

And soon enough, The Oakes Hotel, Fallsview Casino Resort Hotel, the Sheraton Niagara Falls and Niagara Marriott on the Falls had all joined in on the beautiful initiative by displaying the hearts of light as a beacon of hope for all to see.

And needless to say, the locals have noticed. The response has been that of absolute delight and enjoyment and a deep appreciation for what the hotels are trying to do.

The Outbreak Affects Us All

Hotels and casinos all over the provinces have been feeling the pinch ever since the decision to temporarily shut down all business activities in an attempt to flatten the curve and slow the spread of the coronavirus was announced in mid-March. The decision to temporarily close down was first announced by Niagara Casinos and in collaboration with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.

Fallsview Casino Resort and Casino Niagara were of the first two venues to temporarily shut their doors for trade, and all other hotels and casinos across the country have since followed suit. Not only are thousands of jobs in the hotel and casino industry now at stake, but also the livelihoods of singers and bands and those working in food and restaurant industries.

Glowing hearts in the windows of hotels and casinos may not solve the looming financial crisis, but the initiative certainly goes a long way when it comes to showing solidarity and saying, we really are all in this together!

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