Yes, it has been ages, but the time for reopening casinos is here. Some of the biggest in Ontario have the green light. It started with the resumption of operations at 11 Great Canadian Gaming Corp., then sites across the province.
But there is little to be excited about given the rising COVID-19 cases. Was this really the right time to beckon players?
Aren’t table games still “high-risk activities” for virus transmission. Of course, they are banned.
The issues is being addressed. According to Rob Mitchell, Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited
“Any plans for re-opening must be independently reviewed by a health and safety
expert and submitted the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).”
It remains to be seen who will be allowed to reopen under prevailing guidelines. Already Caesar’s Windsor is up and running
As for, Great Canadian Gaming Corp., patrons can play slot machines for up to two hours at a time – by appointment. But only fifty people can enter the space, which is loaded with hand sanitizer.
Casino Woodbine’s website allows booking at this time, and it is happening! Players are eager to get back in the saddle and willing to subject themselves to safety measures. After all, they can’t go to their favorite bars and restaurants in downtown Toronto. In the words of Josh Matlow, City Councilor,
“I can’t believe it’s right to reopen Ontario’s casinos in the midst of a
pandemic. Up to 50 people gathering unnecessarily, including
seniors, goes against everything we’ve learned.”
Certainly, the economy is under pressure, but per Matlow, the price of gambling with public health isn’t worth it.
A patron stated on Twitter, “There doesn’t really seem to be much rhyme or reason to any decisions. It’s mostly just penny-pinching with some optics”.