Century Casinos Begin Phase 2 Reopening Process
Late last week, Century Casino properties in Alberta, Canada reopened as part of its Phase 2 section of the reopening plan.
While casinos in the United States have reopened some time ago after an extended COVID-19 shutdown, other countries have not been so lucky. In some regions, casinos have remained closed for many months or are in a second or even third lockdown phase. In Canada, certain provinces have been able to move ahead with reopening plans as the pandemic lessens. Alberta has entered the second phase of its reopening plan, with Century Casinos announcing reopenings in the province of its gaming venues.
Century Casinos Open at 1/3 Capacity
Century Casinos is a company based in Colorado that operates casinos in Alberta. The company is in charge of the Century Casino St. Albert, Century Downs Racetrack and Casino, Century Casino & Hotel Edmonton, and the Century Mile Racetrack and Casino.
The properties were back in business last Thursday as Alberta began the latest phase of the reopening plan. This phase allows indoor entertainment to come back at a lower capacity rate. Recreational facilities can also open back up. All venues must offer services at 1/3 the normal capacity.
On Friday, the Century Casino St. Albert property announced that its table games would be open until 3am local time. The casino took to Facebook to discuss the reopening and said that players should feel welcome to ask dealers to walk them through a game since it has been some time since gameplay has been allowed.
While the company is excited to be open once again, officials of the company are still worried that another lockdown may take place. The reopening comes almost six months after the casinos were subjected to a second closure due to the pandemic.
Other Casinos Opening Soon
Casinos are expected to reopen in other areas of Canada as well. SaskGaming is ready to reopen in Saskatchewan starting in just a few days. The Casinos Regina and Moose Jaw will be back in business starting on June 20.
The hours of operation for this facility will be limited. The properties will only offer electronic gaming and table games at the Regina will be shut down still. The casinos will offer every third machine to cut down on the space between players. Every employee and guest will be screened before being allowed to come inside. Casinos will only have one entrance and exit point.
Casino operators in British Colombia will be back to work by July 1, though at a restricted capacity. These casinos have been shut down since the pandemic first began, so more than a year without offering services.
In other provinces, it will most likely be much longer before any venues will be allowed to reopen. It seems the officials are taking a safer approach than that of the United States. In the US, cases are much lower, but there are lesser mask mandates in place, if at all and minimal social distancing despite the pandemic still being an issue.
Because of the continued shutdowns, Canada casinos have suffered just as much, if not more, in 2021 than they did in 2020. In areas like British Columbia, casino gaming has been nonexistent, which means no revenues coming in for the operator or the province.
Canada has not been able to access the vaccine like its neighbor the US. The country relies on the United States for its medical supplies and vaccines were not as available as the pandemic continued to spread. If the country is able to get a better handle on the number of positive cases, more casinos and other business should be allowed to reopen, even if it is at a lower capacity.