A minimum 28-day lockout has been imposed in parts of the Canadian province of Ontario today, forcing Great Canadian Gaming to expand its list of closed properties.
Amid concerns about increasing rates of coronavirus infection, more businesses in the Peel and Toronto regions will be closed and indoor meetings prohibited, while schools and childcare centres will remain open.
Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments should however be closed for the time.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford in a statement said: “With the numbers rising rapidly in certain regions, we have to make the tough, but necessary decisions now to protect our hospitals, long-term care and retirement homes, and every person in this province.
“We cannot afford a province-wide lockdown, so we are taking preventative action today by moving Toronto and Peel into lockdown level restrictions and other regions into higher levels of restrictions. We need to take decisive action to stop the spread of this deadly virus.”
As a consequence, Great Canadian will immediately close its Casino Ajax and Great Blue Heron Casino venues, while Casino New Brunswick will enforce an occupancy limit of 50.
The operator said in a statement that, “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, followed by its properties in Nova Scotia on October 5.
“Great Canadian will continue to support the efforts of provincial governments, public health authorities, regulators and Crown partners in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Details regarding the reopening of Casino Ajax and Great Blue Heron Casino will be announced at a later date.”