Ontario casinos close due to rise in Covid-19 cases

The new measures will start on January 5
The new measures will start on January 5

Premier Doug Ford has announced the province is moving back into a modified Step 2 of its reopening plan.

Canada.- Ontario Premier Doug Ford has announced the province is moving back into a modified Step 2 of its reopening plan due to the rise in cases of Covid-19. The decision impacts indoor spaces such as casinos, restaurants, museums and gyms. Schools classes will move to remote learning.

The new measures will start on January 5 and will remain in effect for at least 21 days, until January 26.

Gateway Casinos and Entertainment, which owns Casino Rama and other casinos in the province, sent a memo to staff about the closure.

“In response to the Ontario provincial government announcing a modified Step 2, all of our Ontario operations will be temporarily suspended effective Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 12:01 a.m.,” notes the memo.

“The health and safety of all employees, customers, and the community remain the highest priority at Gateway and we will continue to work with local and provincial governments; public health authorities and regulators to collaboratively prevent the spread of Covid-19,” the memo explains.

The province announced all schools would close their doors and move classes to remote learning until at least January 17.

Indoor places, such as restaurants and bars will be closed and only outdoor dining, takeout, drive-through, and delivery will be permitted. Retail stores, malls and public libraries will be limited to 50 percent capacity. Gyms, museums, galleries, zoos, festivals and other attractions will be closed, too.

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