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Casino Rama May See Year-Long Lockdown

Casino Rama Resort has remained closed over the past nine months and this might remain the case for the foreseeable future. Chippewas of Rama First Nation Chief Ted Williams recently made it clear that he is ready to witness the official return of in-person gambling in the region once the activity could safely recommence.

The unprecedented situation has taken its toll on the province of Ontario and it all began with the temporary suspension of operation of all its brick-and-mortar gambling hotspots back in March. Ever since then, Casino Rama has remained closed eyeing the safety of all individuals hailing from the region. Gateway Casinos and Entertainment is the casino operator overseeing its operation together with the Chippewas of Rama First Nation.

2021 Projections

Casino Rama is renowned for being the largest tribal casino on a provincial scale and it has attracted individuals from near and far both with its gambling offerings and with its hospitality area of the resort. The casino location was also the only gambling venue overseen by Gateway Casinos which remained closed once the reopening process commenced in September this year.

Chief Williams wants to see this change for the better, as a potential reopening is expected to boost the casino operator, casino staff members, as well as the tribal nation relying on the gambling revenue generated by the hotspot. He pointed out that the upcoming months could see a vast change across Ontario, making it possible for Casino Rama to return to its daily work. The year 2021 is expected to be more profitable for Chippewas of Rama First Nation.

The tribal nation Chief said that relaunching operation by March will be best case scenario, as it will provide the employment many tribal members are looking forward to. There are about 40 employees of the casino location that are also part of Chippewas of Rama First Nation and they are looking forward to returning to their place of work.

Chief Ted Williams

The tribal nation is working closely with the casino operator at all times, but this relationship is even more important nowadays. It will pave the way for a safe reopening with all safety and health protocols in place. The First Nation has to receive the support and approval of the health task force before it approaches a potential reopening of the casino location.

However, as soon as this is obtained, the casino operator will also receive notification and a green light to prepare the casino floor for the incoming patrons. It is no secret that Casino Rama is one of the great supporters of the tribal nation, as gaming revenue is being constantly reinvested in various local projects improving the overall quality of life. Individuals also rely on income generated by the casino hotspot.

Back in November, Gateway Casinos had plans for the safe reopening of the casino location and that was supposed to happen by the end of that month. However, the dynamically changing situation called for the hitting of pause on said plans until further notice.