Gateway Casino London No Plans to Re-Open Despite Ontario Stage 3

LONDON – Despite the Ontario government moving to Stage 3 of their re-opening plans, Gateway Casino London has no intention of re-opening just yet. Ontario moved to Stage 3 of their re-opening plan yesterday, which allows casinos to re-open and sees indoor gathering limits increase to 50 people and outdoor gathering limits also increased to 100 people. Despite these increased limits, Gateway Casino London feels that they don’t yet have a sufficient plan in place for a safe re-opening.

Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Ltd. Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Rob Mitchell, confirmed to media in an email that Gateway Casino London has no definitive re-opening date as of yet. “We have developed extensive health and safety plans for each site, which includes two metres of physical distancing, rigorous cleaning and sanitation measures, and the mandatory use of masks or face coverings for all individuals entering our gaming sites,” says Mitchell.

Perhaps, a big factor in why Gateway Casino London is not opening just yet is that the casino will be limited to not offering patrons the chance to play table games nor eat at the buffet. Another reason could be that Gateway Casino London must have their re-opening plans evaluated and reviewed by a health and safety professional which will then be submitted to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.

Whatever the timeline is for Gateway Casino London, it appears that a full re-opening may be further away than expected for patrons.

 

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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.