reat Canadian Gaming Corp. said Friday it will reopen its casinos on September 28 in Ontario and New Brunswick that have been closed since March 16.
The Toronto-based company said 11 Ontario casinos will adhere to provincial guidelines as part of Ontario’s Stage 3 framework for the reopening of its economy. This includes indoor limits of 50 people and no operation of table games or other amenities, according to a press release by the operator. Its casino in New Brunswick will also open that day, with guests limited to 25 percent of capacity, availability of just over half its slot machines and the suspension of most amenities.
The company said it continues to work with the Nova Scotia Gaming Corp. to reopen its two properties in the province, where casinos have been granted the ability to reopen. British Columbia casinos remain closed as mandated by the province.
Great Canadian Gaming CEO Rod Baker said in the release that gaming revenues will be significantly reduced due to operating restrictions in about half of the 25 casinos that will reopen: "The reductions will be especially significant for our Ontario properties where, due to the 50-guest maximum restriction, we expect no material financial benefit to the company from our 11 Ontario locations."