Operators ‘all in’ as British Columbia casinos gear up for reopening July 1

Operators ‘all in’ as British Columbia casinos gear up for reopening July 1

Article brief provided by Vancouver Sun
  • Dan Fumano, Vancouver Sun
June 27, 2021 8:18 PM
  • Dan Fumano, Vancouver Sun

    As B.C. continues lifting COVID-19 restrictions, casinos and nightclubs are some of the last spaces that have remained totally shuttered. The province’s hospitality industry hopes that will change this week, as the province looks ready to move to the third step of its restart plan on July 1.

    While it sounds like Vancouver’s nightclub sector is looking at a more gradual reopening, casino operators are eager to get going again as soon as provincial authorities give the go-ahead.

    “It won’t be official until the provincial government announces it, but at this point, we are gearing up and — to use a casino term — we are all in, in terms of getting ready for July 1,” said Chuck Keeling, executive vice president at Great Canadian Canadian Casinos.