OLG STATEMENT: PHASED APPROACH TO REOPENING ONTARIO CASINOS
The health and safety of casino customers, employees and the host gaming communities remains as always, a priority for the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) and its service providers.
OLG supports the safe reopening of casinos; service providers that reopen sites must comply with:
- A maximum of 50 customers in the gaming establishment at any given time;
- A requirement that all persons on-site adhere to two metre physical distancing and other safety protocols informed by public health advice; and,
- No live-dealer table games at this time.
Re-opening is contingent on the casino service providers having a safety plan for each gaming site (which must include mandatory use of masks or face-coverings for customers), reviewed by an appropriate expert and submitted to the regulator, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).
Re-opening dates for each casino will be set by the service providers and will be communicated by them. The specific reopening date for each gaming site will vary depending on a site’s readiness and commercial viability to operate under the mandatory restrictions.
When the casinos reopen, customers will also once again have access to on-site PlaySmart Centres. PlaySmart Centres are where customers can get answers to their questions about gambling and find out how to connect with counselling and supports in the community as needed. PlaySmart Centres are operated by the Responsible Gambling Council (RGC) of Ontario.
Working in partnership with the Government of Ontario, its industry partners, and the AGCO, OLG is proud to contribute to the re-opening of the economy with health and safety as a top priority.
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For more information, please check the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation news release