This week has been a special one as it saw the official announcement that Casino Rama could return to operation very soon. The popular gaming location also known as the largest tribal casino resort in Ontario is preparing for the official reopening of its gaming facilities with some special measures and restrictions placed for patrons and staff protection.
Rama First Nation Chief Ted Williams recently made a grand announcement for the region, making it clear that the tribal casino location overseen by Gateway Casinos and Entertainment has been working on its safe reopening. This is expected to happen in the upcoming week or ten days, depending on the overall pace of preparation. The gaming venue has been closed since March.
In-Person Gambling Returns
Casino Rama is known as the place to be in Orillia if you are a fan of gaming and winning big. Over the past eight months, this venue has been closed for operation, even though the rest of Gateway Casinos’ locations returned to daily work towards the end of September. Rama First Nation has been working in close collaboration with the casino operator and Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.
The three parties involved in this process have been evaluating reopening plans and working on the most appropriate measures to be introduced to the venue. It has been confirmed that for the time being, the gambling hotspot would not welcome everyone interested in gaming in person. Individuals will receive invitations to make their way there and gamble and such will be the case in the first weeks of its daily operation.
It should be noted that there won’t be any table games available, as this gaming activity does not promote physical distance between the patrons engaging in it. Slot machines are going to be the main attraction during this first phase of the reopening. Patrons should also keep in mind that Casino Rama will not have food or beverage service.
Across Ontario, casinos and gambling halls have the right to welcome up to 50 individuals at all times, which impacts gaming revenue on a daily basis. This has been one of the main reasons why Casino Rama remained closed for weeks after other casinos relaunched operation. Local charity organizations have recently expressed their desire to see the casino reopen.
Organizations such as The Sharing Place Food Centre largely benefit from gambling revenue but over the past eight months, financial support has been suspended. The organization’s Executive Director Chris Peacock recently pointed out that Casino Rama has always been the largest supporter of the Sharing Place and every employee had been contributing to the overall effect. The donations have been both in cash and in food, supporting its operation.
Mr. Peacock said that the organization has had to reach out to other corporations, in order to receive help and support down the road. Projections are that once it reopens, Casino Rama will continue its efforts towards showing its appreciation.