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BCLC to reopen land-based casinos on July 1


The British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) is to reopen its land-based casinos and community gaming centers from tomorrow (July 1), after a period of closure that stretched back to March last year.

All BCLC casinos and gaming centers closed on March 6, 2020 in line with local novel coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions in the Canadian province of British Columbia.

However, with these measures now being eased, the facilities will be permitted to resume operations from tomorrow and begin welcoming guests back for the first time in almost 18 months.

“As gambling facilities across BC prepare to welcome guests back on July 1, the health and safety of our players, employees and communities are our top priority,” BCLC interim chief executive and president Lynda Cavanaugh said.

“Together with our casino service providers and thousands of industry employees, we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to provide an exceptional entertainment experience for our players when they’re ready to return.”

Certain restrictions will remain in place for players visiting the facilities, including reduced capacity, physical distancing, enhanced sanitation, mandatory face coverings and new table game procedures.

GameSense Advisors will also return to casinos and support players with decision-making and positive play while on site.