VANCOUVER, B.C. – B.C. casinos will be blowing the dust off their slot machines as the BCLC is planning for a safe reopening.

Casinos were included in step three of B.C.’s Restart Plan, meaning they can possibly reopen as early as July 1st.

After gambling facilities closed down in March 2020, BCLC have been preparing for the go-ahead from the province.

BCLC says players will see some changes once casinos officially open up, including:

Casino staff will also be required to complete enhanced health and safety training and will continue to monitor capacity and other facility standards, including air quality.

After the closure of Chances casino in Fort St. John, Mayor Lori Ackerman sent two letters to the province seeking a reopening plan. In her letter, Ackerman noted the impacts to the community, such as the loss of income for affected families, lack of gaming revenue to support healthy activity, and no support for those with gambling addictions.

The closure of Chances resulted in 125 people without a job and resulted in around $900,000 in revenue being slashed from the city’s budget.