Saskatchewan Casinos To Reopen On June 20

By Ben Hamill - June 07 2021
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Saskatchewan Casinos To Reopen On June 20

Saskatchewan is finally preparing for the grand reopening of its casino and gaming venues after over a year of closures. The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority announced this week that the seven gaming venues spread out across the region are expected to get the go-ahead for a reopening on June 20.

The venues will initially operate at a limited capacity only and with strict health and safety measures to be implemented and guidelines issued by national and provincial health authorities closely followed. This will ensure the ongoing safety of employees as well as patrons, the local gaming authority said this week.

According to the announcement by the First Nation, a limited player capacity has been set at 150 individuals at any given time – which number will include employees. The rules of physical distancing will apply, and the sale of drinks will reportedly be temporarily limited.

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Safety Will Be Paramount

The gaming authority’s president and CEO, Zane Hansen, explained that the corporation is thrilled at the prospect of a potential relaunch of its gaming offerings. Hansen said the authority and First Nation treasured its valued guests and customers and that it would be an honour to finally welcome players back to its premium venues across the region.

Hansen furthermore gave the assurance that the First Nation will be doing everything within its power to ensure a safe and health-conscious gaming and entertainment experience for all its customers – along with a safe working environment for employees. The health of players and staff is considered the number one priority as this will ensure sustainability of trade, explained the president and CEO.

Operating Hours To Be Followed

The First Nation has also now released a preliminary schedule for the working hours to be followed by the properties under its oversight and control.

Bear Claw Casino & Hotel will operate daily between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 a.m., with sky Casino following the same. Painted Hand Casino will open its doors between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 a.m. every day.

The remaining casinos forming part of the group will follow slightly different daily schedules. These include Gold Horse Casino, which will be operating weekly from Sunday through Thursday, and between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 a.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Gold Eagle Casino, which venue will open its doors to welcome patrons between 10 a.m. and 2 a.m. on Sundays through Thursdays, and between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Northern Lights Casino and Dakota Dunes Casino will follow similar working hours – with the addition of operating from 10 a.m. until 4 a.m. on Stat Holidays.

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