Finally, some good news for gambling fans in Ontario, after the provincial government moved the region from the grey tier to the red tier. This means that several recently closed businesses have received the green light to restart operations. Of course, in order to protect workers and visitors, each reopening enterprise must follow the safety measures implemented.
This has also been the case for Gateway Casinos, which recently made an official announcement about the operational status of their gambling venues in the province of Ontario. This was possible due to the government lifting the lockdown rules in the area, meaning that players will be able to finally visit land-based casinos imminently.
The gaming corporation provided details about the status of its casinos due to the uplift of the lockdown in Ontario. Three gambling venues will reopen in Northern Ontario starting on Wednesday: Gateway Casinos Sudbury, Gateway Casinos Sault Ste.
Marie, and Gateway Casinos Thunder Bay. Gateway Casinos Sudbury will launch with 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. working hours, and the other two properties will be operational from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. on a daily basis. Thunder Bay will also have a limited capacity of 10 guests at a time.
Tuesday saw the reopening of seven of the company’s casinos in southern Ontario – Gateway Casinos Sarnia, Starlight Casino Point Edward, Cascades Casino Chatham, Gateway Casinos London, Gateway Casinos Woodstock, Gateway Casinos Clinton, and Playtime Casino Hanover now being available for visitors. all properties will now operate under a reservation system that was used in October 2020 during the previous reopening. There is a capacity for 50 guests, but only My Club Rewards members will be invited.
For the moment, only two of the company’s gambling venues will remain closed, despite being now in the red tier of the government’s-colored framework. Casino Rama and Gateway Casinos Innisfil remain the only two gaming premises that will not open doors even after the lockdown had been lifted on Tuesday in most of Ontario.
Casino Rama is the province’s largest tribal casino, and it has been shut down since March 2020 and has not reopened since then. But according to health officials, because of the size of the resort and the proposed 50-guest capacity, its opening would be dangerous. The gaming regulator, however, hopes that Innisfil casino will open shortly.
After not being able to step foot for a few months in brick-and-mortar casinos, Ontario residents would be even more excited to hear the latest update from Great Canadian Gaming. The Crown agency has announced that three of its casinos will reopen after the lockdown in Ontario has been lifted. From February 16, 2021, Shorelines Casino Peterborough, Shorelines Casino Thousand Islands, and Shoreline Slots at Kawartha will be operating again.
On February 12, 2021, the Crown corporation also had the nod to restart operations at Casino New Brunswick, which also opened after recent lockdown changes.
It must be noted that all visitors should wear protective measures that comply with the government’s requirements. A player’s capacity to be limited to 50 at a time would also be implemented as a safety measure.