After being forced to close two of its facilities due to improved COVID-19 regulations, the Great Canadian Gaming Company has expressed a commitment to maintaining a healthy atmosphere for both its customers and team members.
The news follows announcements made on 9 October 2020 by the provincial governments of both Ontario and New Brunswick that certain businesses will be required to close down, including casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments, as part of an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
As a consequence, as of 11:59 p.m., October 9, 2020, Great Canadian Gaming temporarily suspended casino operations at Casino Woodbine and Casino New Brunswick. The casino activities at the company’s other ten properties in Ontario are not affected by the announcement by the provincial government of Ontario.
The company’s media statement read: “Great Canadian is committed to providing a safe environment for both its guests and team members and introduced significant health and safety protocols as part of the reopening of the Company’s properties in Ontario and New Brunswick on September 28, 2020.
“Great Canadian will continue to support the efforts of provincial governments, public health authorities and Crown partners in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Details regarding the reopening of Casino Woodbine and Casino New Brunswick will be announced at a later date.”
In the Toronto, Ottawa and Peel regions, restrictions were imposed in Ontario, while New Brunswick transferred backlinks to its ‘orange standard’ in the Moncton and Campbellton regions after 13 new cases were reported by the public health authorities.
“The health experts presented the most recent health data which identified some alarming public health trends that require immediate attention and early action to keep people safe,” Douglas Ford, premier of Ontario, said of his region’s decision to heighten restrictions. “That’s why we are making the difficult, but necessary decision to accept the health advice.”
Blaine Higgs, New Brunswick premier, added: “We understand this is difficult for residents in these zones and it is not a decision we made lightly. This is a critical moment for our province. If we all do our part and follow the simple rules in place to protect us, we can turn things around.”