Industry Reports

Peterborough, Fraserville Ready for Gambling Relaunch

Peterborough is preparing for the official relaunch of in-person gambling in the region, as the last days of this month are going to be special ones for the community. Shorelines Casino Peterborough is expected to relaunch operation on September 28, as Great Canadian Gaming Corporation announced earlier this month. The casino venue is currently working on safety protocols.

The province of Ontario hit pause on its in-person gambling back in March with the temporary closure of all casino venues, bingo hotspots, and gambling halls. For months there was no news regarding a reopening, as the constantly changing situation made that tough. Mid-July, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation made it clear that a casino reopening across the province would have to happen in a gradual manner.

Shorelines Casino Peterborough Reopens

The Crown corporation took into account the health situation in every region hosting a brick-and-mortar casino location and proceeded with its opening accordingly. Stage 3 of the business reopening plan of Ontario was greenlighted back then, allowing casinos to return to their normal operation with all safety and health protocols needed for that to happen.

This week saw the introduction of more details regarding the daily operation of Shorelines Casino Peterborough, along with all the specifics about it. The casino management revealed that the gaming hotspot in Peterborough will be open and welcoming patrons between 10 a.m. and 2 a.m. They will get the chance to gamble seven days a week but for the time being, only slot machines will be available.

This will protect the patrons making their way there from interactions with too many individuals, as the slot machines provide a more personal experience than table games. Many of the gaming devices will be switched off, in order to promote physical distance between the players making their way there. This will further protect them while they are on the premises of the casino venue.

Kawartha Downs

The casino operator overseeing this location, as well as several more across Ontario made it clear that table gaming will have to remain unavailable for the foreseeable future. Moreover, food offerings will also remain out of reach for the patrons, protecting their health at all times. They will have to wear face masks during their entire stay at the casino hotspot.

Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation has mandated a 50-patron limit for all casinos and gambling halls and this will be the case at Shorelines Casino Peterborough, at least during this Stage 3 of the reopening plan. Shorelines Slots at Kawartha Downs is also going to relaunch operation on September 28, being one of the 11 gaming hotspots in Ontario eligible for reopening this month.

Great Canadian Gaming Corporation pointed out that food offerings will also have to remain unavailable there, protecting players. The relaunch of the slots venue adjacent to Kawartha Downs has been eagerly anticipated by the horse people of Ontario, as it will support the purses they rely on, as well as the horse racing field as a whole.