Woodbine Entertainment Enforces Vaccination Proof Regulation

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In an attempt to encourage vaccinations, Woodbine Entertainment has introduced a vaccination proof rule at some of its venues. 

From 9 September, Woodbine Entertainment has introduced proof of vaccination requirements at some of its indoor locations.  The horseracing leader is geared to introduce the new rule at its remaining casino and horseracing facilities from 15 September, with both employees and guests expected to present proofs of immunisation before being allowed to enter the premises.

New Woodbine Safety Protocols

Woodbine Entertainment has provided additional information on how the new rule would apply to all. According to the provisions, starting from 22 September, all guests visiting Woodbine Racetrack, Woodbine Mohawk Park Racetrack, Casino Woodbine, Elements Casino Mohawk, WEGZ Stadium Bar, and Greenwood Teletheatre, will be required to show complete proofs of immunisation.

Employees of Woodbine Entertainment will also need to provide proof of vaccination to enter the following properties: Woodbine Racetrack, Greenwood Teletheatre, Woodbine Mohawk Park, and WEGZ Stadium Bar. The company informed its personnel that those not fully vaccinated would be entered into an enhanced screening programme, which involves regular antigen testing.

Most of the casino workers at Elements Casino Mohawk and Casino Woodbine are not directly employed by the company and are exempt from the employee vaccination policy.  However, horseracing spectators will be required to present proof of inoculation to enter the two tracks and the stabling area. Similarly, if anyone is not fully vaccinated, they will be required to enter the enhanced screening programme.

Woodbine CEO, Jim Lawson, said that the company remains sympathetic towards Ontario’s safety plan to include racetracks and casinos in the list of venues that require proof of vaccination.  Lawson added that the company was considering the prerequisite for a long time and is now prepared to implement it to protect its staff, guests, horseracing people, and the community.

Onsite Sportsbooks

Previously, Jim Lawson and the Woodbine CCO, Michael Copeland, revealed that they have been looking for additional revenue sources for the firm. Lawson noted that the company is considering adding onsite sportsbooks and one-stop shops for sports bettors. He also shared that Woodbine Entertainment plans to collaborate with newly established big-name player brands since the country has now officially legalised single-event sports betting.

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