10 BC casinos close in response to coronavirus pandemic

Mar 16 2020, 9:20 am

The Great Canadian Gaming Corporation (GC) has announced that it has closed all of its casinos, including 10 in British Columbia, until further notice.

According to the company’s website, the decision was made in conjunction with the BCLC and began midnight on Sunday.

“The suspension of the company’s gaming facilities was made in consultation with the respective lottery corporations and based on announcements from health authorities regarding the risk of possible transmission,” reads a statement from GC to investors.

The company notes that “no cases of the COVID-19 virus have been reported by any guests or employees of the company” and the “closures were preventative in nature.”

GC’s properties in British Columbia include six in Metro Vancouver, including the River Rock Casino Resort, Hard Rock Casino Vancouver, Hastings Racecourse & Casino, Chances Maple Ridge, Elements Cansion Chilliwack, and Elements Casino Surrey.

There are also 13 facilities owned by the company in Ontario, one in New Brunswick, and one in Nova Scotia.

With coronavirus on the rise, Health Canada is reminding individuals who attend events and large gatherings to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. Also, due to unexpected cancellations, please check the event you plan to attend is still taking place. Keep up with COVID-19 news here.