VICTORIA – BC casinos and nightclubs have been given the green light to reopen on July 1, when BC officially enters Stage 3 of its restart plan.
The capacity limits and activities that can take place in the two industries were outlined by provincial health officer Dr Bonnie Henry and Premier John Horgan on Tuesday afternoon.
Dancing will not be allowed in nightclubs during stage 3, although tables for up to 10 people are allowed. People are not allowed to mix between tables, according to health officials, as is the current rule for restaurants as well.
Restaurants, bars and pubs, however, have been allowed to increase their table limits based on the size of the building, and normal alcohol service hours have been restarted.
Likewise, casinos are allowed to reopen in British Columbia, but at a reduced maximum capacity. Depending on the province, only 50 percent of gaming stations can be open at the same time.
Still, any reopening announcement is good news for the casino industry, which has been among the hardest hit during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Casinos have been closed for almost 16 months in British Columbia, since March 16, 2020.
The BC Lottery Corporation is now delighted to welcome its customers back to its casinos and adds that security is a priority.
âAs gaming establishments across British Columbia prepare to welcome guests again on July 1, the health and safety of our players, employees and communities is our top priority,â said Lynda Cavanaugh, President and Interim CEO of the BCLC in a statement Tuesday.
âAlong with our casino service providers and thousands of industry employees, we have worked hard behind the scenes to provide an exceptional entertainment experience for our players when they are ready to return,â she said. declared.
A more in-depth look at Stage 3 of BC’s plan to reopen, including restrictions that will be lifted from Thursday, can be found here.