On Wednesday, British Columbia Lottery Corporation announced that casinos across the province could reopen as early as during Canada. Lynda Cavanaugh, the interim BCLC’s Interim President, and CEO said the province is a step closer to safely reopening the casino industry.
“We’re excited to be one step closer towards reopening the casino industry and to be included in step three of B.C.’s restart plan to safely bring people back together.”
However, when they finally reopen, they will be quite some difference from the previous arrangement. That will include the two-meter of space between table games, slot machines, and other gambling equipment.
Where physical distancing is not possible, plexiglass will be placed, to act as a barrier. The casino will only allow as many people as there the number of active seats on the gaming floor and other amenities.
The only table games to allow are only those cards that can be dealt with face-up. Players are not to touch cards except Squeeze Baccarat. The casino staff s are to undergo enhanced health training and health protocols to enable them to monitor capacity and other safety standards.
The ventilation systems in the community gaming centers are to meet or exceed the quality standards to ensure air stay refreshed. Casinos and bingo halls in B.C. were closed in March 2020, when the pandemic took began.
The reopening of the casino will happen in step three in the reopening plan. Step three reopening phase will start when 70 percent of the adults’ population in B.C. get their first dose against COVID-19.