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B.C. Sees Half of Its Casinos Shut Down Eyeing COVID-19 Outbreak

Great Canadian Gaming Corporation has issued its official decision to put a temporary halt on casino gaming across its gaming facilities located in British Columbia. The ten locations offering premium gaming products would strive to slow down the rates at which the coronavirus spreads throughout the province. There have not been any cases of the novel coronavirus reported at the casino venues.

Gaming opportunities across British Columbia are about to be affected by the uncertain health situation that has taken over the world, as well as Canada. The casino developer issued the official announcement that its 10 casino locations in British Columbia would be temporarily suspended at least until the COVID-19 cases growth comes to a halt. Right now it is crucial that the medical workers have the recourses to battle the disease.

Great Canadian Gaming Closes 10 Locations

Social distancing should be practiced at all times, as this would make it harder for the virus to continue its spreading across the province. People should stay at home and avoid social gatherings with more people in an enclosed space. One of the ways the casino operator is able to mitigate the consequences is through the operation suspension.

It should be taken into account that none of the casino locations overseen by the leading Canadian casino operator has reported any COVID-19 cases. The measure is being implemented solely for the prevention of the coronavirus outbreak. Great Canadian Casinos oversees River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond, Hard Rock Casino Vancouver in Coquitlam, Hastings Racecourse & Casino in Vancouver, and Chances Maple Ridge.

In addition to that, the casino operator also manages Elements Casino Chilliwack, Chances Dawson Creek, Elements Casino Surrey, Elements Casino Victoria, Casino Nanaimo, as well as Bingo Esquimalt. The ten locations are now closed until further notice and players would not have the chance to experience their diverse offerings. The new arrangement became effective on Sunday at 11:59 p.m.

Gateway Casinos Venus Operating

Gateway Casinos & Entertainment is the rival casino operator overseeing locations within the province. It manages 14 casino venues and gaming locations in British Columbia. Some of the most popular ones are the Grand Villa Casino Burnaby, Starlight Casino in New Westminster, Cascades Casino Langley, Cascades Casino Kamloops, Cascades Casino Penticton, and Playtime Casino Kelowna.

For the time being, the casino operator has not issued a statement announcing the official closure of the 14 gaming venues and complexes. The health situation is being closely supervised and the casino operator is expected to act accordingly in the case of emergency. Gateway Casinos made it clear that Public Health Canada has issued an official statement assessing the situation as a low-risk one.

No casino staff or casino patrons have reported any health issues or concerns. Lower Mainland casinos would be subjected to reconfiguration this Monday, as table game seats and slot machines would see more space added between them. This is expected to make it possible for players to keep a safe distance while participating in casino gaming. Patrons who feel under the weather are advised to stay at home.