Ontario Casinos To Reopen From July 17

By Ben Hamill - July 16 2020

Ontario Casinos To Reopen From July 17

Select casinos and charitable gaming venues located in Ontario are celebrating as Stage 3 of the province’s reopening plan is scheduled to come into force on July 17. This according to a recent announcement made by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG).

Casinos set to benefit from a Stage 3 reopening thumbs-up include those located in the OLG’s East Gaming Bundle region. This includes casinos located in Kawartha, Peterborough, Thousand Islands, and Belleville. Venues in the North- and Central Gaming Bundles will also get to open their doors to the public on July 17. These include those located in Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay, Sudbury, Orillia, Innisfil, and Ottawa.

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Casinos Are Desperate To Re-Open

The majority of Canadian casinos and gaming venues have been closed since mid-March. And even though long-term closures would not have done anything other than to take a major financial toll on operators and employees alike, Stage 3 re-opening conditions aren’t without limitations.

Tight restrictions and conditions will apply, including limited occupancy numbers, rigorous deep-cleaning routines to be followed on a regular schedule, hand sanitizers being made available at all entrances and exits as well as on gaming floors, and even mandatory temperature screens and checks of customers as well as members of staff.

Games tables will for the moment remain closed, with only slot machines and on-site eateries and restaurants being permitted to operate at first. Occupancy numbers will initially be limited to 50 customers.

Operators Want To Cooperate

Canadian authorities and operators are undoubtedly trying to avoid a repeat of what happened in Las Vegas a little over a month ago when re-openings sparked thousands of new infections. Many operators have already indicated that they will not be in a position to survive a second bout of closures, with many more already as it is struggling to keep afloat financially.

It would therefore be of no use to anyone to push the boundaries of the limitations, as irresponsible behaviour will only lead to more closures and even bigger challenges in future. Operators have all for the most part indicated their willingness to cooperate with the restrictions as announced by the OLG and government health officials.

Several of these have indicated having already acted in a proactive manner by implementing additional safety measures so as to ensure the safety of their staff and customers once open for business.

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