As of February 28, 2022, Casino Lac-Leamy in Gatineau, Quebec has welcomed back patrons as it resumed limited operations. This followed the provincial government’s announcement that certain health and safety protocols would be lifted.
The end of 2021 saw Quebec implement new health restrictions on casinos and businesses from other industries. Gaming properties were shuttered in the face of the global pandemic, a measure intended to curb infections.
Casino Lac-Leamy’s reopening comes after 2 months of closure. The casino is now permitted to operate at 50% patron capacity with all guests and staff required to wear face masks while on the property. The property will be open 7 days a week and operate from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Patrons are still required to present vaccination passports accompanied by a valid photo ID to enter the property.
Hungry visitors will be pleased to know that Casino Lac-Leamy’s dining establishments are also trading again. The Banco Bistro and the Arome: Seafood and Grill are open again, in line with provincial mandates that state food and alcohol can be served until midnight. Fans of the casino’s live entertainment will still have to wait a while longer as the property’s show schedule remains suspended.
The Province of Quebec has further advised that it is planning more walk-backs of certain health and safety protocols. From March 14, 2022, all entertainment venues such as casinos will be permitted to operate at maximum capacity. Authorities additionally indicated that if the overall health situation keeps improving, vaccine passport requirements could also be done away with.
Casino Lac-Leamy kicked off 2022 with the resolution of an ongoing labour dispute. The casino reached a tentative deal with CUPE 3892, a union that represents 300 workers at the property, with an agreed-upon wage agreement breaking the impasse. According to reports, 96% of staff were in favour of the offer.