British Columbia Mandates COVID-19 Vax for Casinos
The government of British Columbia has decided that COVID-19 vaccinations are mandatory for individuals in the province that want access to casino gaming and other entertainment.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be an issue around the world, some governments are deciding to take matters into their own hands and mandating vaccinations for certain activities. In British Columbia, officials have decided that it is mandatory for everyone that enters a casino or other popular social event attraction to have been vaccinated for the virus. The mandate will begin on September 13.
Vaccine is a Must
Officials announced the new order at the beginning of the week as case counts have increased. Over the past seven weeks, more and more people are testing positive. Back on July 4, the seven day rolling average was just over 36 cases a day. This past Tuesday, the number rose to 641 cases.
The increase in cases can be seen via the Tracker Canada data. Just over 76% of the province’s population have been vaccinated for the virus. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry commented that while the vaccination rate is increasing, there are still waves of transmission among those who are not vaccinated.
The new measures the province is putting into place will help to reduce the transmission rate and keep the communities safe from harm. The end goal is to ensure that everyone is protected, businesses can stay open, and social events can be enjoyed.
By September 13, those who wish to travel to a casino in the province will receive a set of instructions on what needs to be done to provide proof of vaccination. Records of the shots will be recorded on an online portal that can be shown upon entry to an event.
The rules allow eligible individuals to attend events if they have received one or both doses. On October 24, all residents that are eligible for vaccination must have had both shots to attend events.
How To Implement the Plan?
The new mandate will affect 19 casinos and 18 bingo halls in the province. It will also affect community gaming centers. The two main companies offering services includes the Gateway Casinos group and the Great Canadian Gaming Corp.
Great Canadian Gaming’s executive Vice president over stakeholder relations and responsible gaming said that the venue is currently working on how to operate with the new mandate. Chuck Keeling pointed out that the venues must create a way to allow guests to show proof of vaccination when they arrive on site from September 13 on.
Masks must also be worn as a new mandatory mandate has been issued. Anyone that is 12 years of age or older must wear a mask in an indoor setting. This is a requirement for anyone that has been vaccinated or not.
Already, some venues in the province had issue the mask mandate and had signs directing players to the new policy.
British Columbia is not the only area that is focused on vaccine mandates. New York City has issued an order and the Resorts World New York City is affected by the order among other businesses. In New Orleans, the mayor also issued a similar mandate, where indoor venues require a negative test or a vaccination card.
It will be interesting to see how the mandates spread in the future. Will more states decide that vaccinations are mandatory for casinos or other forms of entertainment? We shall see in the next few weeks if other cities, states, or provinces join in with the ones above.