Saskatchewan Orders All Casinos to Close Until at Least Mid-January
December 14, 2020
Saskatchewan has introduced new tighter restrictions aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19, including the mandate that all casinos and gaming centres must close by December 19 until at least January 15.
In a news release issued December 14, the provincial government explained that effective as of 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, all casinos and bingo halls must close. That includes Casino Regina and Casino Moose Jaw, operated by SaskGaming, and Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority's seven properties.
These measures, among others, will remain in effect until January 15, at which point the situation will be reviewed.
Casinos in Saskatchewan had been allowed to be open since July after initially closing for a period during spring, albeit with strict health and safety and infection control measures like limited capacities and the installation of Plexiglas barriers.
Table games at Casino Regina and Casino Moose Jaw had only reopened in October.
SaskGaming communications director Shanna Schulhauser said the development was "difficult news" for everyone, but an important measure to protect the health of visitors, employees, and the community.
"Right now, we’re focused on making sure that we as a corporation are doing the right thing to support the response to this pandemic," Schulhauser said. "Central to that is listening to and acting on the direction of our chief medical health officer."
She added that the fact the measures come with a peliminary end date, unlike the closures back in spring, "makes planning and things like that much easier."