Sydney & Halifax Gaming To Reopen Oct. 5

By Ben Hamill - September 16 2020

Sydney & Halifax Gaming To Reopen Oct. 5

News bound to warm the cockles of the hearts of those gaming enthusiasts living in Sydney and Halifax, is that gaming operator Great Canadian Gaming Corporation has received the greenlight for an October 5 relaunch of its day-to-day operations across certain parts of the country. This of course means that Great Canadian Gaming’s Casino Nova Scotia can finally begin preparing to reopen its doors to a longsuffering gaming public.

Both casinos have been closed ever since the middle of March. Which of course means that a grand re-opening has finally been scheduled for exactly half a year later. And according to Great Canadian Gaming Corp., it’s a reopening process that will be dealt with in the safest and most protected way possible.

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Been A Joint Effort

It is furthermore also a reopening process formulated in close co-operation with Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation, said Great Canadian of the plans for early October. And what’s more, it’s reportedly a reopening strategy already several months long on the drawing board.

Due to differences in size and layout, each of the operator’s 25 gaming venues will have required a different and unique re-opening approach. Which is why the operator has for many months been strategizing about the best possible safety measures and protocols in terms of a successful and health-compliant relaunch of operations.

According to Great Canadian Gaming Corp., both operators have been pooling their respective thinking tanks in order to ensure a safe and responsible relaunch of operations, and in such a way that casino locations are given the go-ahead to return with at least 60 per cent of all slot machines in operation.

Safety Protocols Will Apply

Halifax as well as Sydney gaming venues will all be reopening subject to occupancy limits – with only a third of the typical capacity of casino floors expected to be in the offing. These limits will ensure the keeping of sufficient physical distancing between patrons, and also between patrons and casino floor staff and other employees.

Additional safeguards will include hand sanitizers being made readily available at strategic points on casino floors and a thorough and regular disinfection of all slot machines. Table games will initially remain off-limits, with only slot machines expected to re-launch on October 5.

Great Canadian Gaming Corp. CEO Rod Baker earlier this month announced September 28 as being the likely reopening date for the operator’s 11 Ontario-based gaming venues and casinos. And New Brunswick, too, is expected to witness an imminent reopening of casinos and local gaming hotspots.

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