Who knew that casinos could become multi-use sites. Right now it is happening in British Columbia.
The Southern Interior Local Government Association would like casinos to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine. According to Kamloops councillor and SILGA director at large Bill Sarai stated that the association is considering lobbying the provincial government.
Of note, 37 cities, towns, districts, villages and regional districts in southern B.C., from Lillooet to Golden and Osoyoos to Clinton and Clearwater comprise SILGA. In Sarai’s words,
“They’re a provincial agency. They’re clean. There’s plenty of parking. They’re well secured… that would be an ideal location when we’re ready to roll out the vaccination.”
It seems to be a sound idea when the rollout comes instead of staff looking at the Sandman Centre and Memorial Arena and pushing users out.
“Every city, district, town in the province has either a bingo hall or a casino.”
Of course, since mid-March British Columbia casinos have been shuttered. Sources say that city staff in Kamloops are hopeful for a re-opening on some level at least by the fall.
It may be a long wait for COVID-19 vaccines to be available for the general public.