Casino New Brunswick Reopens Its Doors

By Ben Hamill - February 17 2021
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Casino New Brunswick Reopens Its Doors

Casinos all over the country have been suffering as a result of stay-at-home orders and the global health crisis. One such casino has been Great Canadian Gaming’s Casino New Brunswick, a venue that has not been able to welcome patrons through its doors for an entire year. Which is why the news of a February 12 reopening would certainly have come like music to the ears of staff and players alike.

The casino has resumed business, but subject to certain health and safety protocols. These have been announced as mandatory, and the Crown corporation will ensure that the necessary guidelines are followed on and off the gaming floor of the Casino New Brunswick.

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Limited-Capacity Reopenings

Also re-opened to the public was the Crown corporation-operated Nova Scotia Halifax, and Casino Nova Scotia Sydney.

The Nova Scotia Halifax lifted its shutters on January 11, 2021, but with only limited games available. Occupancy restrictions, too, have been implemented so as to ensure everybody’s safety while gaming and enjoying the fun and entertainment on offer.

As for the Casino Nova Scotia Sydney, it reopened its doors to players in October last year, but at a highly limited 20% occupancy capacity. No table games have been reopened since, and only limited food and drink amenities have been made available to guests.

Venues In Waiting

But it hasn’t been good news on the reopening front for everyone. In Ontario, all casinos remain shuttered, and there’s no telling when the restriction will be lifted, or to what extent.

Casinos operated by Great Canadian Gaming in Ontario include Elements Casino Mohawk, Great Blue Heron Casino, Elements Casino Flamboro, Casino Ajax, Woodbine Casino, and Elements Casino Grand River – none of which have been permitted to welcome players through their doors. These casinos have all been closed since late last year, and will only be permitted to reopen once government has declared it safe to do so.

The Big Acquisition

Shut down in December of 2020 were Shorelines Casino Thousand Islands, Shorelines Slots at Kawartha Downs, Elements Casino Brantford, Shorelines Casino Peterborough, and Shorelines Casino Belleville, all of which are situated in the province of Ontario.

These were briefly reopened late last year, but shuttered for a second time round in December 2020.

The Supreme Court of British Columbia has in the meantime granted Great Canadian Gaming the required approval to be acquired by new ownership – with Apollo Global Management currently in the lead to make the purchase.  

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