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Casinos in Canada begin to close temporarily again

4 January 2022

With the rise of COVID-19 cases increasing in the region, Quebec has temporarily closed its casinos and gaming properties.

Ontario is in a similar boat as Premier Doug Ford announced on Monday that the province is going back to Step 2 of the reopening plan, meaning that casinos and gaming venues in Ontario will be forced to close for three weeks.

Here are the restrictions in Step 2 for Ontario that involve gambling areas:

- Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments will be closed.

- Horse and car racing tracks and similar venues must operate under the following conditions:
  • indoor areas closed
  • outdoor areas open with restrictions, including mandatory reservations, spectators limited to 50% of usual seating capacity and others
  • proof of vaccination required for facilities with a usual capacity of 20,000 or more people.
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