Following the most recent lockdowns precipitated by the global health crisis, Ontario is gearing up to allow businesses to reopen. The province has moved to Stage 3 of its economic restart plan, with venues like casinos being allowed to open their doors to the public again. The Rideau Carleton Casino is the latest local casino to declare that it will resume operations in August.
This development allows the casino to take advantage of the time it has left, as its location is where a new Hard Rock Casino is set to be built. The Rideau Carleton is scheduled to close down for good soon so that construction can begin.
Conditions and restrictions
While the reopenings are a reason to celebrate, Ontario’s casinos will need to operate with the global health crisis in mind. To this end, the province has instituted some strict measures.
Casinos will only be able to operate at 50% capacity and social distancing rules must be observed and enforced. All visitors will be required to wear protective masks and barriers have erected to ensure that everyone maintains a safe distance from each other.
Rideau Carleton’s general manager, Helen MacMillan stated that the reopening of the venue would happen in phases. She explained that each of the property’s services would open in sequence and that the first phase could span a few weeks. The GM emphasized that this means stressed the reopening could happen as late as August 16th.
She added that the casino is fully prepped for the reopening but that as much as possible is being done to ensure the safety of players and staff members alike.
Casino Niagara and Fallsview Casino Resort have also declared that they intend to reopen soon.