British Columbia Casinos Shut Their Doors Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus

The global outbreak of COVID-19 is slowly taking its toll on the Canadian casino gaming, as operators all across the country are temporarily closing down their gaming facilities.

Players in British Columbia will also be affected by this, with Great Canadian Gaming Corporation recently announcing its decision to close its facilities in the province.

Great Canadian Gaming Closes Its Facilities

According to the Richmond-based gaming giant, the closure of its 10 gaming locations in British Columbia is aimed at slowing down the rates at which the virus spreads, although not a single case was reported at any of the operator’s casino venues.

Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, whose recently posted full-year and Q4 2019 reports revealed a rise in revenue, plans to keep its gaming facilities closed at least until the spread of the COVID-19 comes to an end.

The authorities have advised people to stay at their homes and to avoid any sort of gatherings. That’s why the company has decided to suspend its operations until further notice.

It should once again be pointed out that not a single COVID-19 case was reported in any venue owned and operated by Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, and that these measures have been enforced only as a prevention of the outbreak.

The list of venues overseen by the renowned gaming operators includes facilities in Richmond, Coquitlam, Vancouver and Maple Ridge.

Gateway Is Still Operational

Great Canadian Gaming Corporation also operates facilities in Chilliwack, Dawson Creek, Surrey, Victoria, Nanaimo and Esquimalt. According to available information, all these locations will be closed for the time being, starting from Sunday, March 15 at 11:59 pm.

One of their biggest market rivals, Gateway Casinos & Entertainment, currently operates 14 casino and gaming facilities across British Columbia, including the ones in Burnaby, New Westminster, Langley, Kamloops, Penticton, and Kelowna.

British Columbia Casinos Shut Their Doors Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus

At this moment, Gateway Casinos & Entertainment hasn’t decided to close its facilities, although the health situation is under close watch. If necessary, the operator has announced it will be quick to act. According to the gaming company, the official statement made by Public Health Canada described the current situation as a “low-risk one”. So far, no one working at any of the casinos in British Columbia has reported any health problems.

In the meantime, gaming venues in Lower Mainland were reconfigured this Monday, with more space added between table games and slot machines. This way, players will be able to keep a safe distance while enjoying their gaming activities. At this moment, operators are advising all their patrons who are not feeling well to stay at their homes.

Last week, Loto-Quebec announced it would cease all its regular operations in its gaming facilities across the province, until further notice. Casinos in Montreal, Charlevoix, Lac-Leamy and Mont Tremblant have been closed because of COVID-19, while the provincial crown corporation plans to shut its venues in Quebec and Trois-Rivieres as well.

Loto-Quebec opted to make this move after Institut National de Santé Publique du Québec advised the gambling facilities to be closed.