The New Normal in Canadian Casinos
Canadian gamblers are bartering in cards and chips for thermometers and sanitisers. A never system of barter has emerged in the pandemic era. Slowly, as the casinos across the State open up, casino halls have changed in countenance. Changes outside have crept inside too.
With labels of safe distancing and warnings on hand hygiene on the notices, gamers have become cautious movers, both in gaming and socialising. Table games have closed down, and slot machines are in few numbers. This is to avoid overcrowding of any sort.
Walls, elevators, and lifts have been tapestried with state guidelines to ensure that the gamers are serious about their health safety.
Casinos have now started applying hygiene principles in the whole set, which was once restricted to washrooms. From antimicrobial sprays to providing disinfectant wipes, casinos have started picking up with the new norm.
Where Casinos are reopening
Alberta became the first province to reopen casinos. The inmates are not compulsorily asked to wear masks, though advised. Casinos have not set any capacity restrictions, though it is recommended, and awareness is given.
Most casinos in the Atlantic provinces have been reopened, while some in Nova Scotia is yet to reopen. Almost 114 casinos have closed down in 72 hours in March. The casino industry accounts for 182000 jobs and charities on $9.2 billion.
The elaborate reopening protocols of numerous casinos have been made available on their websites. The new normal witnesses slot attendants providing disinfecting wipes to gamblers while disinfecting the slot machines at least once every two hours and a mandatory sanitization schedule to follow closely.
Elevator capacity is reduced to four people with buttons sanitized at a frequent one-hour interval. Priority access through a new RSVP system has been established with masks being a prerequisite, and so is sanitizing hands. A stylus pen is provided to avoid touching devices.
The valet service and urinate are temporarily suspended due to the physical distancing norm in place. Modified table games have arrived with only the croupier handling the chips, while games such as poker are suspended. A separation is laid out between players and the dealer by deploying a plastic screen.
The Alberta Experience
At the River Cree Resort and Casino in Edmonton, every slot machine had plastic barriers attached, sanitization stations, and mandatory masks made available to staff and gamblers. They also deployed an ‘extreme clean team.’ This experience will remind you so much of Sin City with a melange of precautions from hand-washing stations, spaced-out seating, and plexiglass barriers.
A draft was released by the Canadian Gaming Association titled Standards for Cashless Systems. This system entails a working similar to online casinos that will enable gamblers to set a deposit limit for a day. However, the cashless payment options are being explored by casinos and can gradually transcend into the norm primarily because of the fear of the virus.