Caesars Windsor to reopen to guests on October 8

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Caesars Windsor is pictured on Tuesday September 22, 2020. The casino opens for the first time since March. Photo de Dax Melmer /Windsor Star

The casino said it was inviting “certain members of Caesars Rewards”, but would not expand on the criteria for selecting such people. The casino also wouldn’t say how many people are receiving the invitation.

Guests will be alerted by email and must make reservations for specific sessions.

There will be four sessions per day. Guests will be allowed to book two sessions per day between 10 a.m. and 2 a.m. The casino did not indicate the duration of each session.

Rakesh Naidu, president and CEO of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce, said he was “delighted” to learn that Caesars Windsor will be reopening soon.

“I think this is definitely positive news for our region,” Naidu said. “With this, more people will go back to work. It has been a long six, seven months for the casino, the operators, the workers and everyone. In the region, many others who depend on the casino have also been affected. This is a first step forward, hopefully for many in a short period of time that will allow us to get more people back to work and help other businesses that rely on a successful operation here.

Unifor Local 444 president Dave Cassidy, who represents 2,400 members at Caesars Windsor, called Tuesday’s announcement “very good news.” But he added that he was disappointed that only 50 people were allowed in the casino at a time. He said only about 150 Unifor members will be recalled.

“We have 2,400 members who are really struggling and we have to get them back to work,” Cassidy said.

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