All B.C. Casinos Closed Due to COVID-19

VANCOUVER – Due to the rapid spread of COVID-19, all casinos, community gaming centres, and bingo halls in British Columbia are effectively closed. This is to help combat the spread of this incredibly infectious disease and to keep both employees of gaming centres and their customers safe.

Gaming facilities in British Columbia were forced to close their doors at midnight on March 17 and are set to close for an indefinite period of time. According to the gaming governing body in BC, BCLC, all gaming centres will re-open when BCLC, “…receives government direction that it is safe and appropriate to do so.”

Great Canadian Gaming was ahead of the curve and opted to close all 10 of their B.C. casinos ahead of the mandated Tuesday deadline and did so at midnight on Sunday, March 15.

In a statement from Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, it says, “While there have been no cases of COVID-19 reported at Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, this measure has been deemed to be in the best interests of the public’s health and the ongoing efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.”



James previously worked in one of Canada's largest casinos, River Rock Casino Resort, for over six years. He initially worked as a card dealer, then as a floor supervisor.