Land Based Casinos to Reopen in Canada & GGE Returns to Vegas! Now, casinos operating in Canada are set to reopen on July 1st. (Image source: Pixabay by stokpic)
After closing for over a year due to the pandemic, casinos operating in Canada are set to reopen on July 1. The British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) has announced the protocols required for the reopening of the casino venues and community gaming centers. Casinos operating in the British Columbia province closed in March 2020 when the deadly COVID-19 virus hit the country and made government declare lockdown as part of the measure to curb the spread.
The British Columbia Lottery Corporation is currently in talks with WorkSafe British Columbia, public-health officials, ministry staff, and service providers to study the details of the scheduled reopening plan and reach an agreement.
Statement from BCLC CEO and Interim President
While commenting on the reopening scheduled for July 1, BCLC’s CEO and Interim President, Lynda Cavanaugh stated that the commission is pleased to be on track with the reopening plan and that they are currently one step closer to achieving the goal.
She further stated that the commission is also delighted to be part of step 3 of the reopening plan which will encompass the entire casino industry in British Columbia to bring people back together safely. Cavanaugh concluded also said that casinos offer safe and amazing socialization and entertainment while also generating income for First Nations, community programs, and provincial initiatives. When breaking down some of the conditions, casinos will lose money per square meter in some areas such as spacing between video slot machine, but foot traffic coming into casinos may take time to pick in any case, and therefore, by the time things are back to normal, hopefully the casinos will be able to make full use of the floor space!
According to the BCLC, casino staff must undergo and complete specialized training on safety and health protocols before the reopening while the commission will keep on monitoring financial standards and capacity including the quality of air.