Casinos and gaming centres across Ontario will be opening their doors to patrons again come January 31 under new provincial guidelines following the lifting of some COVID restrictions.
“OLG is happy the Province’s popular gaming facilities will once again reopen to provide world-class entertainment, dining options and other amenities to adult Ontarians in a safe and secure environment,” Duncan Hannay, president and CEO of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), said. “In partnership with our service providers, OLG is proud to contribute to the re-opening of the economy with health and safety as a top priority.”
The re-opening of casinos and gaming centres will continue with enhanced safety measures:
- Capacity limits remain at 50 per cent while maintaining physical distancing requirements;
- Proof of vaccination with an official QR code, and other screening conditions required to enter the facility;
- Requiring all employees and guests to wear a face covering in indoor settings;
- Offering enhanced cleaning and sanitization;
- Protective plexiglass barriers remain between employees and guests.
Anyone wanting more information is asked to contact the casino or gaming centre closest to them.
The Rideau Carleton Casino announced on its website that its slot games will be available 24/7, starting at 9 a.m. on January 31 as part of its first round of phased reopening.
Also part of the first phase is the opening of the Mr. Lucky restaurant. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. with beverage service (including alcohol) available until 2 a.m. in the North Bar only.
Vaccinations must be completed 14 days prior to the date of entry, the casino added, and a QR code must be presented. Without it, customers will not be permitted entry.
The Ottawa casino had closed its doors on January 3 due to government restrictions following spikes during the COVID-19 pandemic.