“We are delighted to take another step towards reopening the casino industry and to be included in the third stage of BC’s restart plan to bring people together safely,” said Lynda Cavanaugh , Interim President and CEO of BCLC.
“Casinos provide great and safe entertainment and socializing, while generating revenue for provincial initiatives, community programs and First Nations.
The specific details of the reopening of the casinos are being worked out through consultations between representatives of the BCLC and its service providers, ministry staff, public health officials and WorkSafe BC.
Since British Columbia’s gambling establishments temporarily closed in March 2020, the BCLC has said it has been working behind the scenes on preparations to bring players back together safely.
BCLC says that when facilities reopen, players will see changes to support a careful and safe restart, including:
- At least two meters of space between table games, slot machines and other gaming equipment to promote physical distance.
- Physical barriers (such as plexiglass) where physical distancing is not possible.
- Occupancy reduced to as many players as there are active seats available on the game floor.
- Adjusted the availability of table games to those in which cards can be dealt face up; players will not be allowed to touch any cards with the exception of Squeeze Baccarat, which uses single-use cards.
- Casino staff will be required to undergo detailed training on improved health and safety protocols and will continue to monitor facility capacity and other standards, including air quality.