Loto-Québec recently made public its decision to introduce some changes to the way its casino venues and gambling halls operate on a daily basis. There will be a change in the opening hours welcoming individuals from near and far in an attempt to protect them and the casino staff members working there day in and day out.
The Crown corporation has been among the most proactive gaming leaders in Canada, as it aims to act quickly and remain flexible regardless of the situation. One of its latest announcements directly affects the four casino locations and two gambling halls in Quebec. This week saw the announcement of new measures taking into account the dynamically changing situation and the government of Quebec.
The changes in the working hours will make it mandatory for the gambling hotspots on a provincial level to close for business at midnight, limiting the time players spent on their premises. The beginning of this week saw the introduction of the new measures to the premises of Casino de Montreal, as well as Salon de Jeux de Quebec.
It is no secret that up until the beginning of this unprecedented situation, Casino de Montreal used to work around the clock, welcoming individuals and allowing them to try their luck whenever they feel like it. This allowed for the gambling revenue to also remain high and support the gaming hotspots, as well as the host communities. For the time being, there is no timeline for this change and it will remain in place until further notice.
September 21 saw the introduction of the new opening hours at Casino de Montréal and Salon de Jeux de Québec. The remaining three casinos and one gambling hall will also see the new schedule introduced. Players making their way there should also keep in mind that the alcohol sale will also see some changes.
Once the gaming halls and casino relaunched operation earlier this summer, alcohol sales were limited to the restaurants only, as face masks remain mandatory throughout the casino floors. The latest change to the way the Crown corporation conducts its business will make it possible for players to purchase drinks up until 11 p.m., an hour ahead of the closing time of the establishments.
The news is nothing new for the video lottery terminals available across the province, as midnight has been their switch-off time ever since July 10. This summer saw the gradual reopening of casino gaming across Quebec, taking into account the dynamically changing situation. Following careful evaluation, July 3 saw the relaunch of bingo gaming in Quebec.
Soon after that, on July 7, VLTs were switched on across the province. This happened several months after Loto-Québec became the first Crown corporation to introduce the lockdown to its venues. July 16 saw the relaunch of Casino Charlevoix and Casino Mont-Tremblant. Moreover, Casino Lac-Leamy reopened on July 23, whereas Casino Montreal welcomed patrons on August 3.