It has been a tumultuous time for the gaming industry around the world and Canada has been no exception in the past 12 months due to the unprecedented situation with almost no operational land based casino real estate for the past 12 months. However, there is good news for gambling supporters after it was revealed that the government will ease restrictions in several provinces.
This has given many companies the green light to prepare to resume operations before the economy rejuvenates. Great Canadian Gaming is wasting no time and has already opened the doors of some of its casinos. Crown Corporation publicly announced that Elements Casino Brantford will be the next gaming venue to resume operations.
Local fans can finally place bets at a real brick and mortar casino after receiving the news from Crown Corporation reopening his Elements Casino in Branford. This was made possible because of the briefing to the provincial authorities in Ontario that the region will move to the red category of government framework, which means some companies can get back to work.
From February 22nd, 2021 the casino will welcome guests, but only to a certain number of safety rules. For example, the capacity of visitors is limited to 50 people. For security reasons, players are also not allowed to come from regions with persistent lock restrictions. Last but not least, everyone must wear a protective mask.
After the casino reopens, visitors will only be able to use a limited number of slot machines for which there are currently no table games available. Food and drinks will also be available suspended until further notice. It remains to be seen if more Crown agency properties will reopen soon, but it’s a start.
According to the latest announcement, the company will have eight out of a total of 26 operational venues. Casino Woodbine, Elements Casino Mohawk, Elements Casino Flamboro, Casino Ajax, Great Blue Heron Casino, Elements Casino Grand River in Ontario haven’t received the nod yet to restart work and will be closed for the time being. All casinos in British Columbia will remain closed for the time being with no further information about the relaunch.
The New Brunswick Casino also officially reopened on previous public updates from the company. After several months of non-operation, the venue reopened its door to visitors on February 8, 2021. The company also announces that the Standard health and safety measures applies to all visitors to the casino to protect both players and staff.
Three more reopenings
In February three more casinos of the gambling group were put back into operation. Shorelines Casino Peterborough, Shorelines Casino Thousand Island and Shoreline Slots in Kawartha opened for gaming fans on February 16, 2021. Security measures also apply to these companies with a player limit of 50, but only residents from non-restricted regions are allowed to enter the site. Food and drinks are also currently prohibited.
Source: “Great Canadian Gaming Announces Elements Casino Brantford Reopening,” Cision, February 18, 2021