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Coronavirus closed B.C. casinos. When will they reopen?

Last Updated Jul 27, 2020 at 12:43 pm PDT

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Summary

Casinos remain closed despite B.C. entering Phase 3 of its restart plan

Businesses serving tourists allowed to reopen

Phase 4 will come when there's treatment, herd immunity, or a vaccine

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Question:

Helenna: “When will the casinos in B.C. be reopened?”

Answer:

B.C. just entered the third phase of its plan to restart the economy and reopen its communities.

That means travel within the province is now considered OK and hotels, resorts, spas and RV parks are reopening to serve B.C. tourists.

But casinos remain closed and reopening them remains a “more complicated consideration,” according to B.C.’s restart plan.

Casinos typically have people sitting in close proximity to strangers in a windowless indoor environment. They also have a lot of high-touch surfaces, including slot machines, cards, and betting chips.

“As with other sectors, industry associations will be expected to develop safe operations plans, for review, that are in keeping with public health and safety guidelines, as well as WorkSafeBC,” the plan says.

Casinos, along with nightclubs, concerts and conventions, won’t be allowed to reopen until Phase 4, which is likely many months away.

B.C. won’t trigger the fourth and final stage of the plan until there’s at least one of the following: herd immunity, effective treatment, or a vaccine for COVID-19.

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