Two Loto-Québec Casinos To Re-Enter Lockdown
A mandated return to a state of lockdown for several regions in Québec spells nothing good for the province’s casinos and gaming venues. So much so that Crown corporation Loto-Québec has announced that it has decided to lay off at least 1,350 members of staff employed at its Casino de Montreal and Salon de Jeux. The layoffs will reportedly be effective October 1.
Regions back-pedalling into a state of lockdown are Greater Montreal, Québec City’s Capitale Nationale area, and the Chaudières-Appalaches region. The decision was announced by Québec Premier Francois Legault during a recent conference in Montreal. Others present at the conference included Public Health Director Dr. Horacio Arruda and Health Minister Christain Dubé.
28 Days Shuttered
Expected to last at least 4 weeks (or 28 days), the return to a state of lockdown will see all bars, casinos, libraries, museums, theatres, and several other public places close their doors to the public. And since places typically welcoming public gatherings include gaming hotspots, the two casinos overseen by Loto-Québec have been included in the arrangement also.
In addition to the two casinos overseen by the Crown corporation, all gaming venues, Bingo Halls, and video lottery terminals actively operated in the affected reasons will be shuttered for the same period of time too.
What this means is that those people eager to continue to enjoy gaming in its many forms will have to do so by engaging with the Crown corporation’s online gaming platform, espacejeux.com. And since Loto-Québec has been working hard at improving those offerings available online, a premium gaming experience remains possible – even without in-person gaming being a possibility.
These Casinos To Remain Open
Those individuals living in the vicinity of the following casinos will still be permitted to visit all of their favourite gaming hotspots: Casino du Lac-Leamy, Casino de Mont-Tremblant, Casino de Charlevoix, Hilton Lac-Leamy, Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu, and Salon de Jeux de Trois-Rivières.
The Crown corporation has also stressed its commitment to keeping guests and employees safe during perilous times. Several health and safety protocols have been rolled out in all of the abovementioned casinos and patrons can now rest assured that everything possible has been done so as to ensure a worry-free live casino gaming experience.
In addition to in-house health and safety protocols such as sanitizing, temperature screenings, the wearing of face masks, etc., the Crown corporation has also announced certain changes to working hours – with the most notable of these being that all gaming hotspots in the province will henceforth only be open until midnight.