Players Welcomed Back To Great Northern Casino
After over a year of being stuck in limbo due to the global health crisis, Alberta is taking the necessary steps to move closer to a sense of normality. Players will be pleased to know that as of Thursday, 10 June 2021, Great Northern Casino was able to officially relaunch its operations again. This comes as the province entered the second stage of its restart plan for the economy.
In Alberta, all land-based casinos have been closed since December 2020. The provincial government made the decision to close all businesses that rely on social gatherings as a precautionary measure. However, now that the second phase of the economic restart has begun, indoor recreation areas, restaurants and casinos are able to operate again at 33% of their usual capacities.
First Nations And Charities Face Tough Times
With the suspension of brick-and-mortar gambling came a tough financial hit for numerous charities throughout Alberta. These charities usually rely on financing from the casino. However, due to the lockdown, it was reported by the Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis Commission that over 1,200 organisations have had to endure negative effects.
Charities aren’t the only ones to have been negatively affected by the restrictions. First Nations have also been impacted a great deal. For example, the Enoch Cree Nation has reportedly lost an estimated CA$26 million in revenue as a result of the closure of River Cree Casino.
Moving Closer To Normalcy
Leanne Brownless, the General Manager of Great Northern Casino, said that her team is excited at the idea of welcoming back all of its loyal patrons. She explained that the casino will be complying strictly with all of the recommended measures and sanitation processes.
Ms Brownless also clarified that while the casino will be opening up again, not all of its premium services will immediately be made available. She stated that for now, the lounge will be open, and patrons will be able to play either slot machines or table games, depending on what their preferences are. As of now, live performances remain suspended at the casino property. These are likely to make their return once the province enters the third phase of the economic reopening plan.
The General Manager added that there have been several requests for acts bookings at the venue, leading her to believe that the stage will be full again very soon. By the third stage of the reopening plan, 70% of all eligible Albertans will have received at least one dose of a vaccine.