Ontario Casino Capacity Limits Lifted

October 28, 2021 by

Like all provinces in Canada, Ontario experienced huge losses in all sectors, but the gaming sector really suffered during the pandemic period. Even after some establishments reopened, the situation remained critical, as there were measures imposed by the government to prevent the spread. For this reason, these measures have been reviewed recently.

The government has put a detailed plan in place, with milestones that will run from October 25, 2021, to March 28, 2022. After that, and if all goes well, Ontarians will be able to return to normal life, and all gaming spaces and facilities will be able to operate as they did before the pandemic. Here is an overview of this plan.

As the key indicators considered by the Ontario government have improved, the issue of capacity restrictions and distancing has been reviewed. As a result, gaming establishments such as casinos that require proof of vaccination operate normally as of October 25.

Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario, in a statement on October 22, indicated that he is aiming to phase out the public health measures. As a first step, he has reviewed the capacity limits.

Doug Ford
``We are very cautious and careful when it comes to public health, which is why the reopening will be done gradually. Within a few months, everything will be back to normal. We have a long-term plan in place that will protect us from this pandemic. So we need to be vigilant, so we don't lose what we've already accomplished,`` said Ford.

For now, Ontarians will benefit from the removal of some measures. But by March 2022, all restrictions will be permanently removed.

If all goes according to plan, the next phase will occur on November 15. This concerns the lifting of restrictions for high-risk spaces such as nightclubs.

After that, the CMOH guidelines will be lifted as of January 17, 2022. This means that low-risk spaces will no longer require a vaccination certificate.

After that, high-risk spaces will no longer require a vaccination certificate as of February 7, 2022.

The requirement for a certificate of vaccination for the remaining high-risk spaces will be lifted as of March 28, 2022. This will bring everything back to normal in all spaces.

Many spaces have experienced closure issues, but Ontario’s gaming sector has really suffered from this situation. Gaming operators are hopeful that these decisions will allow them to return to normal operations in the next period.