Saskatchewan’s gaming field is beleaguered what with the new shutdowns and layoffs. Of note, Casinos Regina and Moose Jaw recently announced the release of some 327 staff members. These employees are added to previously laid-off individuals, of which 238 are unionized..
Let’s hope in is temporary. It has certainly been an unprecedented situation this year on the provincial and national level in Canada. Everyone wants the resumption of normal operations.
The casino closures will affect both commercial and tribal casinos. The latter are overseen by the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority.
The seven venues shutting their doors are old Eagle Casino in North Battleford, Northern Lights Casino in Prince Albert, Painted Hand Casino in Yorkton, Bear Claw Casino on the White Bear First Nation near Carlyle, Dakota Dunes Casino on the Whitecap Dakota First Nation south of Saskatoon, Living Sky Casino in Swift Current, as well as Gold Horse Casino in Lloydminster.
Shanna Schulhauser, a Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation spokesperson, affirmed that the layoffs are in accordance with the public emergency provisions part of the Saskatchewan Employment Act that protects casino workers.
The casino closures first occurred back in March when 251 permanent employees were sent packing. It is painful to see more layoffs happening at present. Nevertheless, per Schulhauser, this closure is much more needed, causing Saskatchewan Gaming to experience significant trouble under the restrictive guidelines. The cost of overseeing venues at this point surpasses revenues.
A comprehensive plan for action is at hand, protecting future operation. Measures to be implement directly affect casino staff, management of gambling hotpots, as well as corporate changes.
Once this critical period passes, an expert evaluation will take place to assess whether in-person gambling among other businesses may return to daily operation.