B.C. Casinos to Reopen on 1st July after a 15 Months Shutdown


On 26th May, Lynda Cavanaugh, the interim president, and CEO for British Columbia Lottery Commission (BCLC), announced that the casinos would be reopening in step three of the province restart program.

Now, View Royal Mayor David Screech says that that the BCLC will reopen casinos on 1st July. This is good news for the industry that has remained shut down since March 2020. Before the pandemic, Element Casino, one of the largest facilities on the Island of Vancouver, contributed about $5 million to six local municipalities.

From Screech’s perspective, the revenue change had an impact on View Royal municipality. It is also good news for staff and a company that has been closed for more than 15 months.

More reopening details will be released after consultation between BCLC representatives and the service provider. However, players should expect a lot of changes when the gambling facilities finally reopen.

That will include spacing of at least two meters between table games, slot machines, and other equipment. Physical barriers are to be erected in areas where distancing is impossible.

People in a gaming facility will be limited to the number of active seats available on the gaming floor. The only table games that will be allowed are only those cards that can be dealt face-up. Players will not be allowed to touch cards except for Squeeze Baccarat.

Before the reopening, casino staff is to undergo thorough training regarding the health and safety protocols. Facilities will continue to monitor standards such as air quality, ensuring that existing ventilation systems meet them. Casino lovers can enjoy amazing slots games also in online casinos and keep safe.


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