Caesars Windsor Hotel & Casino Reopening Ahead of Schedule
Ontario’s economic restart plan has been moved forward to 16 July, with casinos like Caesars Windsor looking forward to reopening soon.
Ontario is moving ahead of its previous schedule, with plans to commence its stage three economic restart plan a bit earlier, on 16 June. Caesars Windsor Casino & Hotel has welcomed this news, noting that its unionised workers have returned to their posts in anticipation of the reopening. Casinos across Ontario have nee closed in April to curtail the spread of the pandemic.
16 July D-Day
Dave Cassidy, Unifor Local 444 President, stated that 14 per cent of the union’s 2,200 workers have returned to the posts ahead of the casino reopening its doors on 16 July. According to Cassidy, workers are preparing the casino for the reopening, performing maintenance work, or receiving training. The casino will be allowed to operate at half of its total capacity.
Cassidy noted that there would be new safety and health rules that patrons and staff must comply with following the reopening. He continued that the spacious gaming floor allowed for the spreading out of machines, thus providing sufficient social distancing. Cassidy concluded by voicing his excitement about the reopening and stated that between 600 to 800 employees would return for the forthcoming relaunch.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Caesars Windsor was operational for a limited time only. After being closed in March 2020, the casino was permitted to reopen on 8 October. At the time, the facility had to operate with a limited capacity of a maximum of 50 players. Management was alarmed that due to the limit of players, the casino would not generate enough revenue to sustain its daily operations, and it closed shortly after that.