Treasure Cove Casino gears up for the reopening of Canada Day
The province is moving to Stage 3 of British Columbia’s 4-Stage Restart Plan tomorrow (Thursday), which allows casinos to open with certain restrictions.
Some of these restrictions include allowing only 50% of the site’s total capacity and 50% of the gaming stations allowed to open.
Amanda Chandler, director of marketing at Treasure Cove, says they are getting ready for the 9am reopening Thursday and the staff are excited to be back to work.
All Treasure Cove staff who worked before the pandemic were offered their jobs, and about 80% accepted the offer.
However, Chandler says that while the staff are ready to return to work, there are still unknowns when it comes to operations.
“It was extremely hectic, it’s honestly day to day and sometimes on time, until we wait for the government or the BCLC to give us directives on what is to come,” she said. Explain.
However, with the information provided by the government and the BCLC, some adjustments have been made to the casino.
“Our game room is now spread over a greater distance in the facility, we have plexiglass partitions between all slot machines, plexiglass is now on our tables, virtually all public areas will have plexiglass separating customers of our staff, ”Chandler added.
She says the facility won’t look exactly like it was before the pandemic, and they start by opening up slots and table games.
Bingo will also be back on July 5 with reduced games and the slots are open from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m., while table games like Blackjack and Fast Action Poker are available from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m.
BCLC is updated Report on improved health and safety measures at casinos and community gaming centers includes a few measures including the wearing of a mask which is compulsory for staff and players.
Additionally, the report states that at least two meters of space is needed between gaming equipment and that further training is required for casino staff.
According to BCLC, community poker will not be offered when it reopens, but some casinos may offer poker variations such as Texas Hold’em.
Chandler adds that based on their response on social media, they’re expecting a lot of visitors this weekend.