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Poker? No dice when casinos reopen in British Columbia
Only card games that can be dealt face up will be allowed when casinos open after a 15-month shutdown caused by COVID-19.
But reminders of the ongoing pandemic will be evident at all casinos, including Playtime Kelowna and Chances Kelowna.
“Players will not be allowed to touch any cards with the exception of Squeeze Baccarat, which uses single-use cards,” said BC Lottery Corp. in a Wednesday statement.
In addition, a space of at least two meters must exist between slot machines and other gaming equipment. And the plexiglass barriers will separate the merchants and staff from the players’ cage.
Casinos will also have reduced occupancy limits, this number being unique to the size of each establishment. All employees will receive training on COVID-19 security protocols before the casinos reopen.
Casinos and bingo halls generated $ 929 million of the $ 1.3 billion in gaming revenue the government raised last year. About 10,000 people work in casinos across British Columbia
“Casinos provide great and safe entertainment and socializing, while generating revenue for provincial initiatives, community programs and First Nations,” BCLC Interim President Lynda Cavanaugh said in the statement.
Plans to reopen are being developed through consultations involving public health officials, WorkSafeBC and casino representatives.