Ontario Casino Hotspots Brace for Reopening

Mohegan Gaming is currently mulling over its reopening plan when it comes to the casino resorts it oversees in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Casino Niagara and the Fallsview Casino are two of the hotspots in the region and they have been closed over the past more than ten weeks. The tribal casino operator is working on the plan for their successful reopening.

Niagara Falls, Ontario was among the popular tourist destinations experiencing quite the hit as a result of the unprecedented situation around the globe and across Canada. Their casino resorts closed for business and remained closed over the past ten weeks. As the United States work on their business reopening plans, Canada and Ontario, in particular, are also weighing their options.

Gaming Returns

Mohegan Gaming is seeking ways in which it could reopen its gaming facilities in a safe way and protect both casino staff members and players making their way there. This could happen by following closely all health recommendations coming from Ontario’s government. The tribal casino operator recently made it clear that the government has completed the Ontario Gaming Industry Health and Safety Guidelines.

This would pave the way for the eventual safe reopening of casino locations which is expected to take place this summer. Every casino location comes with its unique layout which would mandate a special approach to its reopening. Fallsview Casino’s reopening committee is preparing to study the safety guidelines once they become public and act accordingly. Soon after that, it would have to devise its plan for action.

Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation is expected to review the plan once it is ready and give its approval for the official reopening of the casino hotspot. Mohegan Gaming made it clear that the casino venues would like to implement various measures promoting physical distancing. This includes floor markings for keeping distance, as well as plexiglass barriers for the gaming tables.

New Measures Implemented

Some of those measures have already been tested by some casino locations in the United States. They could soon be introduced across Canadian casino venues, as players want to return to the brick-and-mortar gaming. At the moment, online gaming and lottery ticket purchases remain the sole legal gambling offerings available. Individuals would also have to wear face masks and use the sanitation stations across the casino floors.

In the meantime, Great Blue Heron Casino and Casino Ajax are also preparing for the eventual reopening. The Durham region might be among the first to witness in-person casino gaming, as it was recently confirmed by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation. A total of 27 casino locations across the province would have to reopen with the mandatory safety measures and restrictions implemented.

Tony Bitonti, Spokesperson for the Crown corporation stated they are working with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario and the casino operators. Corey Dalton, President of Unifor Local 1090, also made it clear that unionized casino workers will have their health protected at all costs, as this is one of the main concerns right now. Employees are eager to get back to work in the upcoming months.

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Yolina has followed closely the latest development on the Canadian gaming scene over the past years, monitoring the land-based, lottery, and online offerings up for grabs. The dynamic nature of the local lottery and casino fields, as well as the opportunities lying ahead of Canada fire her enthusiasm for what is to come. A sports betting enthusiast, in her spare time Yolina could be found in her natural habitat – turning the pages of biographies and catching up on the latest stand-up comedy podcasts.