Alberta Premier Jason Kennedy had to announce the bad news. Local provincial casinos are once again about to shut their doors. Tight government restrictions are calling the shots to tamper the coronavirus.
The casinos are not the only targets. All outdoor and indoor social gatherings are banned, and take-out services are the only form of restaurant business these days. Plus, there is a mandatory work-from-home measure that is sure to spark controversy.
According to Kenney,
“If we relax public health measures to permit large family gatherings…
we will see a large increase in hospitalizations and fatalities.”
No one wants to take the blame for a rampant surge in cases and deaths. The restrictions will last for four weeks.
Fortunately, some businesses, including hotels, can remain open with only a 15% occupancy capacity/
Casinos, bingo halls, gaming and racing entertainment centers, horse tracks and raceways will not fare as well with zero public attendance allowed. Sadly, some had just reopened a few months ago.
The province could lose close to CA$900m (US$703.4m) in revenue for 2020 due to these casino shutdowns. Reports allege that gaming revenue has already fallen from the predicted CA$1.4bn to CA$500m.
When restrictions are finally loosened, it will tame the CA$900m drop, but with the renewed shutdowns, it could be a long time coming.