Ontario casinos and charity gaming centers will welcome customers back at the end of the month after closing in January due to the province’s latest COVID-19 restrictions.
Fallsview Casino Resort, Casino Niagara, Gateway Casinos in Woodstock and London, as well as Caesars Windsor are among the 28 OLG gambling venues that say they will reopen on January 31 at half capacity.
OLG spokesman Tony Bitonti says proof of vaccination and COVID screenings will be required to enter any facility in the province.
Fallsview Casino Resort Hotel will also reopen on January 30 at 3 p.m.
The move is in line with Ontario’s lifting of public health restrictions at the end of the month.
Prior to the pandemic, there were an estimated 19,000 people working in Ontario’s casinos. Nearly 3,500 were part of Fallsview and Casino Niagara’s workforce.
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From the 31st, indoor public institutions, including restaurants, bars, retail stores, shopping malls, gyms, cinemas, meeting and event spaces can open up to 50 percent capacity.
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Indoor public institutions are expected to fully reopen at the end of February without restrictions for those providing proof of vaccination.
However, nightclubs, wedding receptions in dance venues, bathhouses and sex clubs will still have to limit capacity to 25 percent and maintain proof of vaccination rules.
Late last year, Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati told Global News the closure of the playgrounds cost the city nearly $ 20 million in revenue.
Diodati said the number does not include the economic impact the 2020 closures had on the surrounding area.
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