Niagara’s two casinos are set to reopen in a week to 50% capacity

OLG.ca is a lottery and gaming website meant for personal entertainment. A Player is not permitted to use OLG.ca or any component thereof or any content included on OLG.ca for any business, commercial or public purpose or for any other purpose that OLG advises the Player from time to time is not permitted. Without limiting the generality if the foregoing, a Player may not, through chat or otherwise, display, provide or transmit any content that is deemed by OLG to be inappropriate or threaten bully or otherwise harass any other Player. TORONTO — Great Canadian Gaming Corp. says 11 of its Ontario casinos will reopen Friday following the provincial government’s decision to move to Stage 3 of its reopening plan. Under the province’s current health and safety framework, the facilities will reopen with reduced gaming capacity to reflect physical distancing requirements.

A vast number of casinos offered top-tier service to gamblers during the pandemic. High premium video and live games have successfully taken over land-based casinos and saved the industry. Three months ago, Canada’s most populous province, Ontario, entered the Third Step of the provincial government’s reopening plan after the COVID lockdown. Gyms, indoor restaurants, museums, movie theatres, science centres, fairs and exhibitions, galleries, zoos, botanical gardens, aquariums, bingo halls and casinos, officially opened their doors on 16 July 2021. Patrons who plan on in-person wagering must know they will need to abide by certain health and safety protocols. They must present proof of full vaccination status via a QR code, as well as wear protective face masks. Visitors will also be separated from employees by plexiglass barriers.

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According to Ontario’s new rules and restrictions, casinos can reopen to the public, but only if they do not exceed 50% of their maximum capacity and ensure that their guests stay 2 meters apart. After being closed since Jan. 5 to curb the spread of Omicron, many places are now allowed to reopen at 50 per cent capacity. They include restaurant dining rooms, gyms, movie theatres, museums, casinos and galleries. Indoor gathering size limits are also increasing from five people to 10, while the cap on outdoor gatherings will go from 10 to 25. “The new layout will provide customers better access to their favourite games and allow guests to more easily navigate the gaming floor. The present refresh was in the planning stages even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, as business volumes did not warrant the number of machines we had in operation at the Rama location,” Mitchell explained. After being closed for 16 months straight, clearly there would be issues with reopening, number one being staffing.

  • He says some staff members have accepted jobs in other locations during the lockdowns.
  • Table games and food and beverage services are not available in any venue.
  • Gaming operators such as Gateway Casinos & Entertainment are already making preparations to restart their casino amenities in the province, as January 31st has been set as a target date.

In October 2020, the company had already reopened several of its venues, including the ones in Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. However, with new lockdowns instated across the province in December, all venues were closed again. Gateway Casinos is a gaming and entertainment company based in Burnaby, British Columbia. Founded in 1992, it is one of the largest casino and entertainment companies in Western Canada and currently operates 23 venues in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario.

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Visitors to the William Osler Health System will no longer be required to show their proof of vaccination. Ontario’s opposition leaders pushing Ford government to spend more on health care. Tourism-based businesses in Lincoln can apply for grants to help fund projects. CRTC asks Rogers for detailed explanation regarding national service outage. The plan right now is to lift all restrictions on March 14, at the earliest. Premier Ford says the worst is behind us when it comes to the Provinces battle with the Omicron wave. Proof of vaccination will continue to be required to enter most businesses. In Windsor’s Sandwich Towne, Dominion House was open for business and had its regular customers back enjoying the atmosphere. By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses.

These casinos will be required to adhere to government occupancy rules. That will mean no more than 50 patrons will be permitted inside the facility at one time. People planning to attend a casino in the province will need to treat the adventure the same way they would book a hotel stay or a dinner spot at a trendy restaurant. Gateway Casino Innisfil, which has a maximum capacity of 3,342, offers over 1000 slots, and 26 table games. This time around, the casino is reopening with the limit set at 50 percent of fire code capacity. In addition to eat-in dining, outdoor gatherings of up to 100 persons, reopening of gyms, and personal care services, casinos will also be permitted to reopen, at 50 percent capacity. “We are excited to finally reopen casinos and community gaming centres across the province, and welcome back our employees and valued customers into a very safe environment for gaming and dining,” said Tony Santo, CEO at Gateway Casinos. However, the capacity limit will be lifted so long participants are able to provide proof of vaccination. The two-meter physical distance will be required but spectator capacity at various casinos and other venues and sporting events will increase by another 50 per cent capacity. Meanwhile, Indoor capacity at casinos will increase by another 25 per cent.