Great Canadian Gaming Corporation is temporarily suspending operations in an effort to contain the spread of the COVID-19. The organization operates Chances Maple Ridge. (Chances Maple Ridge/Twitter)

Chances Maple Ridge casino suspends operations to contain spread of COVID-19, company says

As of Sunday midnight the casino is temporarily closed

Chances Maple Ridge has temporarily suspended operations starting midnight Sunday to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The parent company of the local casino, the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, made the announcement to temporarily close all operations Sunday evening, which includes the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond and the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver.

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“While there have been no cases of COVID-19 reported at the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, this measure has been deemed to be in the best interest of the public’s health and ongoing efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19,” the company said in a statement.

The company said the decision was made in conjunction with the British Columbia Lottery Corporation.

On Monday, B.C. Lottery Corp. announced the closure of all casinos, gaming centres and bingo halls across the province, following a directive by Att. Gen. David Eby.

Most recently, the industry had been phasing in a reduction of service, creating greater social distance in the casinos by turning off every second slot machine, removing seats at table games and stopping all casino marketing, said a Monday news release from B.C. Lottery Corp.

All operations were to have closed by midnight Monday, March 16.

Facilities will re-open only once BCLC receives government direction that it is safe and appropriate to do, said the release.


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