Casinos in Alberta remain open despite limits on mass gatherings during pandemic

Other provinces — including Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec — have closed their casinos

Despite a restriction on mass gatherings due to COVID-19, Alberta casinos remained open on Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2020. (PxHere photo)

Casinos in Alberta remain open despite a restriction on mass gatherings and the shuttering of schools and daycares due to COVID-19.

Other provinces — including Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec — have closed their casinos.

Officials in Calgary, where a local state of emergency has been called, have questioned why the province hasn’t done the same.

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Alberta’s chief medical officer said at her daily update on Monday that there were no plans to close gaming establishments.

The provincial government takes in about $1.4 billion annually from casinos and lotteries.

The Alberta Liquor and Gaming Commission, which oversees casinos, says in an emailed statement that it’s taking COVID-19 seriously.

“The agency is in contact with all licensed venues and encourages all owners/operators to follow the guidance of Alberta’s chief medical officer of health by implementing additional cleaning and health protocols,” spokeswoman Heather Holman said in the statement.

She said all gaming and liquor-licensed venues are privately owned and operated.

The Canadian Press

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