Quebec Casinos to Restart All Operations this February
After the latest shutdown period, casinos across Quebec are readying themselves to restart operations.
Loto-Quebec announced last week that casinos across the province had been given the green light to resume operations. The Crown corporation noted that gamblers would be allowed to return to in-house casinos from 28 February 2022. However, all venues will continue to operate under strict health and safety protocols and limited capacity.
Quebec decided to close down all entertainment venues like casinos at the end of December due to the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases. Besides casinos, VLTs, Kinzo, and bingo services were also stopped.
Save the Date
The casinos that are scheduled to reopen on 28 February include Casino Charlevoix, Casino Montreal, and Casino Lac-Leamy, as well as the Quebec City and Trois-Rivières gaming rooms. Additionally, Casino de Mont-Tremblant will resume operations a few days later, on 3 March.
The Crown corporation has also shared that VLTs at bars and Kinzo locations will also restart with the casinos. However, each property’s working hours will vary. Visitors must also present vaccine passports to gain entry and wear protective face masks, which will be mandatory for the casino employees too.
Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, commented last Tuesday that vaccination passports are here to stay. Also, the reopening casino venues will function at 50 per cent of their maximum capacity, while theatres will be allowed to operate at full capacity but with applicable health measures.
Statement of Previous Closure
When Loto-Quebec shut down casinos at the end of last year, its CEO, Jean-François Bergeron, issued a statement stating that the latest closure would be different from the previous ones since the company has learned how to react to the situation optimally. The idea at the time was to transfer most of the employees to the customer services department.
Also, last year, Loto-Quebec published fiscal numbers for its second quarter, which concluded on 27 September 2021. During that period, the corporation pulled in CA$388 million worth of revenue, which is a 58 per cent increase over the same quarter of the previous financial year. The company also noted that it was close to hitting its annual targets.