Casino Niagara is back, baby!
More than a month after Step 3 of Ontario’s reopening plan allowed Casino Niagara and Fallsview Casino Resort to reopen, things are approaching normal. That said, it’s a normal born of the pandemic.
Both casinos reopened their gaming floors in mid-July after getting the okay from the provincial government. But while slots, cafes, bars and food services are all a go, live entertainment remains on hold until Ontario gets to Step 4.
While both casinos welcomed guests back on July 23, each took a different approach.
Casino Niagara reopened with limited hours (10 am – 2 am) and limited gaming equipment and tables. Fallsview, however, was open round-the-clock.
But, after recent changes, Casino Niagara is back to 24/7 operation, and Poker and Blackjack have made their comeback. Additionally, dealer-dealt games including Roulette, Blackjack, Mini-Baccarat and Sic Bo are now on offer. All electronic games are open, too.
Casinos to comply with strict health rules
With COVID-19 cases steadily declining since May, many provinces reopened casinos and other gathering places. With restrictions, of course.
As Ontario casinos slowly reintroduce services and amenities are brought back online, things are easing toward pre-pandemic levels.
Still, there are some rules that brick-and-mortar casinos need to obey. For the time being, capacities remain capped at 50%. That way, casino management can ensure guests stay two meters (six feet) apart.
In addition to obeying social distant protocols, visitors are expected to wear a protective face mask, except when in dining areas. And casinos installed plexiglass barriers at their own expense to protect staff and customers.
Covid cases rising again
Although Ontario’s casinos did their best to prevent the spread of COVID-19, they won’t be increasing their capacities anytime soon.
Last week, Ontario reported more than 850 new cases in one day. That’s the highest single-day count since early June. It was also the day the province’s 7-day average rose from 646 to 728.
If increases like this continue to occur, indoor activities like casino venues may face stricter health measures.