Date posted: April 28, 2021, 10.00 a.m.
Last updated: April 29, 2021, 12:39 pm.
And then there was only one left open. On Tuesday night, Great Canadian Gaming Corp. announced that its Casino Nova Scotia - Syndey facility would be temporarily closed at the end of the night to help fight the spread of COVID - 19 in the Atlantic Province.
The move came after Nova Scotia officials issued new restrictions on Tuesday that spanned the entire province. This came less than a week after the order forced companies in the provincial central region, including GCGC Casino Nova Scotia - Halifax, to close until at least May 20.
Tuesday's measure, which officially took effect on Wednesday, means the Sydney Casino, located on the east coast of Nova Scotia, will remain closed until at least May 12.
On Wednesday, 75 new cases were reported of Nova Scotia with a population of approximately 1 million Canadians. There are currently 489 active cases from 11 hospitalized and three people in the intensive care unit.
As of October, 1,201 cases have been reported in the province. Two people died.
One of the main reasons for the increase in cases in the Canadian provinces is that the country is now able to step up its vaccination efforts. In Nova Scotia, over 294,000 0 doses were administered, but only 35,549 people received both doses.
"We are in a race between variant and vaccine," said Dr. Robert Strang, director of health for Nova Scotia. “There is a high risk of community spreading across the province. We need to slow this spread until we are closer to population immunity through our immunization program. "
In addition to the GCGC facilities, this week's Nova Scotia closure order also applies to all First Nations gambling facilities and video lottery terminals in the province.
Only at New Brunswick GCGC Casino Open
As in the United States, Canadian casinos were closed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. GCGC, which has properties in British Columbia, Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, reopened its two facilities in Nova Scotia last October.
However, GCGC Interim CEO Terrance Doyle said in a statement that he understood the rationale given by provincial officials.
Our properties in Nova Scotia operated safely and restored services as part of a gradual reopening in the province, giving us the opportunity to return many of our team members and offer our guests a safe and pleasant environment, ”he said. “With the increase in COVID-19 presence in many areas In Canada in recent weeks, we believe that the various closures undertaken by provincial governments and health authorities are now important measures. "
The Sydney closure means the only venue currently holding GCGC is Casino New Brunswick in Moncton. It operates 25 casinos and gaming locations across Canada, most of which are located in Ontario or British Columbia.
COVID Forces Loto-Québec to End Restaurant Pact
In other Canadian casino news, Loto-Québec announced on Tuesday that it would terminate its contract with Groupe Robuchon, which managed L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon. The plant has been closed since March 2020.
"The exceptional circumstances of the Covid - 19 pandemic and uncertainty about the timing of the casino reopening informed the decision," Loto-Québec said in a statement.