Gaming facilities throughout B.C. have been ordered to close. (Capital News file photo)

Kelowna casino looking for ways to help employees as operations wind down

B.C. casinos ordered to close due to COVID-19 concerns

The British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) has ordered gaming facilities in the province to cease operations temporarily.

BCLC said the closure includes casinos, community gaming centres and bingo halls across the province.

The order for temporary closure was issued by Attorney General David Eby and announced by B.C.’s top doctor Bonnie Henry.

In Kelowna, Chances and Playtime will be closed by 11:59 p.m. on March 16.

Gateway Casinos operates Playtime in downtown Kelowna. The company’s director of public relations Tanya Gabara said they’re focusing on the health and safety of their employees and customers as they wind down operations, but the company is also working closely with employees to see how they can help them.

So far, there is no word on what type of assistance will be put in place for Gateway employees.

Black Press Media has also reached out to Chances Kelowna for more information on how this will impact their workers. We will update this story as more information becomes available.

READ MORE: B.C. to shut down all casinos to slow spread of COVID-19


Twila Amato
Video journalist, Black Press Okanagan
Email me at twila.amato@blackpress.ca
Follow me on Twitter

Coronavirus

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

West Kelowna sets up precautionary sand, sandbag stations

Sand and sandbags are now in usual lakefront locations

‘We’re working to help every Canadian’: Minister of Middle Class Prosperity

Minister Mona Fortier explains she is working with all levels of government amid COVID-19

BREAKING: Inmate at Okanagan Correctional Centre tests positive for COVID-19

This is B.C.’s first community outbreak at a corrections facility

Kelowna has high compliance when it comes to physical distancing in public

The city received an average of 15 calls a day complaining people don’t distance

Kelowna restaurants support community during COVID-19 pandemic

Many Kelowna restaurants have created initiatives to both drive business and give back to community

Trudeau rejects mandatory stay-at-home order for now; COVID deaths up

The virus has now infected more than 10,000 Canadians and cost 130 their lives

B.C. health care workers gain access to virtual health care options

During COVID-19 many clinics have closed, leaving health care workers with nowhere to turn

Tax collectors, auditors to help field ‘historic’ numbers of benefit-seeking callers

‘If you work for CRA, people think we are just there to take money from your pockets.’

Cowichan couple won’t self-isolate after returning from overseas

New law requires 14 days of self-isolation when returning to Canada

Family uses social media to help truckers find places to eat during pandemic

Restaurants Serving Drivers in Western Canada seeks to provide a list of places open for drivers

Advocates sound alarm over COVID-19 limiting access to contraceptives, abortion

The COVID-19 outbreak has hit sexual-health services from almost every angle

Autism Awareness Day highlights challenges amid COVID-19

AutismBC regional coordinator in Kelowna discusses living with autism amid a pandemic

Most Read