Most of the casinos by Gateway Casinos and Entertainment will reopen on July 16, although Rama will take a bit longer to reopen to gamblers. While there are very few details, Gateway’s head of communications and public relations, Robert Mitchell, verified the reopening date.
Customers will not have to schedule an appointment to visit the gaming facility in Rama casino when it reopens, the company mentioned on its Facebook page.
When guests are permitted to return, both table games and slot machines will be accessible, and one of the eight restaurants, Simcoe Yard House, will be open.
There is no specific timeline or date for resuming events. Also, there is no clear idea about the reopening of the hotel and spa on the grounds.
For the past 16 months, Casino Rama has been shut. Due to the epidemic, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission ordered all casinos to close on March 16, 2020.
The province permitted bingo halls and casinos to reopen last summer as the number of instances decreased, but the 50-person restriction was insufficient to operate a big venue like Casino Rama.
Gateway reopened its casinos in October 2020, when the roller-coaster of case counts slowed, while Rama remained was shut.
Ted Williams, Rama First Nation Chief, said in November 2020 that all parties had agreed to plan for the reopening of its casino properties.
However, a few days later, the decision was reversed when several regions of the province tightened restrictions in response to a fresh wave of coronavirus infections. The Rama Casino remained closed.
Presently, around 50 percent of Ontario people are now entirely vaccinated, and the number of confirmed cases is currently less than 200 each day. Consequently, when the province advances to Stage 3 of its reopening plan on 16th July, casinos will be able to reopen to 50% of their previous capacity if social distancing measures are maintained.
The casino floor was “refreshed” when it was shut. Gateway rearranged the floor and ‘refreshed’ the slot machine stock in collaboration with authorities from Uniform, the union that covers roughly 1,100 unionized employees at Casino Rama.
Mitchell mentioned that customers would have easy access to their favorite casino games while guests will navigate the gaming floor using the new layout. Business volumes at the Rama site did not support the number of machines they had in operation. Thus the current refresh was in the works even before the COVID-19 epidemic.