Gateway’s Sudbury Casino Yet To Reopen
Since Stage 3 of Ontario’s provincial business reopening plan is now officially in force, casinos and Bingo venues across the province are able to do business for the first time since nation-wide closures in mid-March. Gaming venues offering slot machines are permitted to open too.
Venues operated and overseen by Gateway Casinos & Entertainment are permitted to reopen too, including those located in the Southwest Gaming Bundle, the North Gaming Bundle, and the Central Gaming Bundle. Locations impacted by Stage 3 reopenings and regulations include Clinton, Hanover, Chatham, Woodstock, and London in the southwest, and Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Rama, Innisfil, and Sault Ste. Marie in the northern and central areas.
Gateway Bemoans 50-Person Limit
Strict health and safety regulations will however apply to all business activities permitted to resume under Stage 3 of the reopening of the local economy. Measures include continuing to work remotely (from home) as far as possible, the wearing of masks (indoors as well as outdoors – and especially in situations where physical distancing isn’t possible), keeping a physical distance of at least 2 metres between people, and indoor occupancy numbers being limited to 50 people at any given time.
Gateway, despite now being authorised to open its casinos across the province, has not yet given the green-light for patrons to be welcomed back through casino-doors. Occupancy limits appear to be a main contributing factor for this, with the operator having hinted at a limit of 50 people only making it near impossible to trade profitably.
According to Gateway Casinos & Entertainment director of communications and public affairs, namely Rob Mitchell, there are currently not reopening dates confirmed yet for any of Gateway’s locations. Plans must all be independently reviewed by an expert in health and safety subject matter, after which those plans must be submitted to the relevant regulator, explained Mitchell. With the regulator meaning the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).
Gateway To Decide Re Sudbury
Gateway’s Sudbury Casino, in particular, is a highly popular gaming hotspot and a favourite among locals. But since reopening according to the provisions of Stage 3 regulations isn’t considered viable given the 50-person occupancy limit, Gateway needs to now properly evaluate its next move.
Employees are in the meantime eager to return to work, and players eager to return to Gateway’s Sudbury Casino to enjoy their fill of gaming entertainment. But in the end, it will have to be the operator to say if and when to reopen and allow guests back in through Sudbury Casino’s doors.