Ontario's Casinos Must All Close By Boxing Day Under New COVID-19 Shutdown
December 21, 2020
All of Ontario's casinos, bingo halls, and other gaming centres must close down for at least two weeks by Boxing Day under the terms of the province's winter COVID-19 shutdown announced on December 21.
Southern Ontario gaming centres are required to suspend operations for a minimum of four weeks from 12:01 a.m. on December 26, while those in Northern Ontario must shut for at least two weeks.
Ontario announced the second pandemic shutdown this week amid continually rising COVID-19 cases and concerns over a mutated strain of the virus. That includes all non-essential businesses including the gaming industry.
Until this point, only gaming centres in the hardest-hit areas of Ontario had been forced to close. Great Canadian Gaming, for example, had shut down its Elements Casino Brantford, as well as racing operations at Flamboro Downs, as of Monday. Later that day, after the provincial announcement, it confirmed it will be suspending gaming operations overnight of Wednesday, December 23 at the four of its Ontario properties that were still open: Shorelines Casino Thousand Islands, Shorelines Casino Belleville, Shorelines Casino Peterborough, and Shorelines Slots at Kawartha Downs.
With the new restrictions, Ontario joins other provinces in closing down all casinos. Most notably, B.C. casinos have been closed since mid-March. Earlier this month, Saskatchewan also ordered all gaming centres to shut until at least mid-January.
SOURCE: Government of Ontario