In the meantime, the city of Innisfil does not receive money from OLG as a host municipality
Phase 3 of the reopening of Ontario went into effect on Friday, including fitness centers, indoor seating in bars and restaurants.
And the casinos.
But Innisfil’s Gateway Casino in Georgian Downs won’t open soon.
“At the moment, I can confirm with you that we will not reopen Casino Rama in Orillia or Gateway Casinos Innisfil today,” said Robert Mitchell, director of communications and public affairs at Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Ltd., when contacted on Friday.
“At present, all Gateway casinos remain closed in Ontario as we evaluate how we can operate under current capacity restrictions,” said Mitchell. “Right now, we don’t have an established timeline to reopen Gateway positions.”
Gateway examined what would be needed to maintain social distances and a safe environment in a casino environment, as well as the impact on revenues.
“We have developed extensive health and safety plans for each site, which includes the physical removal of two meters, rigorous cleaning and hygiene measures and the mandatory use of masks or coatings for all individuals who enter our gaming sites” , said Mitchell.
However, he stressed, “any reopening plan must be independently reviewed by a health and safety expert and submitted to the regulatory authority, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).”
The ongoing closure results in a tax loss for host municipalities, such as Innisfil. In a normal year, the city receives approximately $ 5 million from the OLG as its share of the revenue generated from the casino tables and slots.
So far this year, Innisfil has received just under $ 1 million in the first quarter, with no further funding coming until the casino can open its doors.