Following the announcement that Nova Scotia will move into phase two of its reopening plan, Great Canadian Gaming has reopened its properties in Halifax and Sydney.
Both venues are now able to operate at 50% capacity, and will be required to follow public health measures such as social distancing and masks. Restrictions were eased across the region due to the speed of the province’s vaccine roll-out.
“We are excited to reopen both of our Casino Nova Scotia properties, call our team members back to work, and welcome back our guests,” stated Terrance Doyle, Great Canadian Gaming interim chief executive officer.
“We feel this important development is a precursor to the reopenings we are also eagerly anticipating in British Columbia and Ontario, based on the success of the country’s vaccination program thus far.”
Phase two of the provincial reopening plan includes increasing informal gathering limits outside to 25 people, and 10 people inside.
Restaurants can open to patrons for indoor dining with a maximum of 10 people per table. All retail businesses can open to 50 per cent capacity with public health protocols being followed, and gyms and fitness facilities can also operate at 50 per cent capacity.
Nova Scotia is also lifting its border restrictions and opening to the rest of Atlantic Canada on June 23, meaning that residents of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador can travel to the region and will not be required to self-isolate for 14 days on entering the province.
“Our case numbers and hospitalizations are low and every day we are putting more and more vaccines into the arms of Nova Scotians,” said Iain Rankin, premier of Nova Scotia. “Low case numbers across the Atlantic provinces are a signal that reopening to our neighbours is the right step.”