Great Canadian Gaming Reveals Reopening Date

By Ben Hamill - September 08 2020

Great Canadian Gaming Reveals Reopening Date

British Columbia-based Crown corporation and gaming giant Great Canadian Gaming Corporation (GCGC) has finally released a proposed reopening date following more than 6 months of country-wide closures of all 25 its gaming venues. Gaming activities nation-wide have been closed ever since March 16.

The gaming giant revealed September 28, 2020, to be the proposed reopening date for its gaming properties – this after the corporation recently revealed itself in anticipation of a slow recovery rate in terms of the remainder of the current financial year. Great Canadian Gaming’s latest quarterly update revealed a devastating 82% decline in revenue – from CA$354.4 million all the way down to an all-time low of CA$62.8 million.

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All 11 Ontario Venues To Reopen

Of those gaming venues now scheduled to resume business on September 28, a total of 11 are located in Ontario province. The reopening date as proposed by the gaming corporation falls in line with the province’s Stage Three economic reopening framework – which also means that once open for business, those gaming venues owned by Great Canadian Gaming will all operate subject to certain limits and health and safety guidelines as instituted by provincial government.

Limits include a maximum of 50 guests allowed in a gaming venue at any given time, as well as a temporary moratorium to be imposed on all table games as well as entertainment amenities. As such, only slot machines will initially be permitted to operate. 

New Brunswick Also A “GO”

Great Canadian Gaming will on the same date also be reopening its New Brunswick-based Casino New Brunswick, and this in accordance with the province’s recovery plan. In New Brunswick too, most amenities will remain suspended, as well as all casino table games. Occupancy limits will be applied, and only 50% of the venue’s slot machines will be in initial operation.

Since British Columbia has not yet given the re-opening green light to casinos and gaming venues located within the province’s borders, all B.C. gaming properties operated by Great Canadian Gaming will remain closed until further notice.

Great Canadian Gaming CEO Rod Baker has in the meantime declared it a pleasure to finally be able to reopen the corporation’s gaming facilities in Ontario and across New Brunswick, saying that even though the company expects no significant financial benefit to come of the reopenings, it remains exceptionally welcome news to be able to invite back to work the company’s provincial team members and valued employees.

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