Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation announces all casinos in the province will close temporarily

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has decided to temporarily close all casinos across the province over concerns about COVID-19.

OLG says the “orderly shutdown” of casinos has already begun, and should be complete within 24 hours.

“This action is consistent with the recommendations of the province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health related to new precautionary measures for COVID-19” 

Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation

The decision comes on the heels of the biggest one-day increase in COVID-19 cases in Ontario. Officials confirmed 39 new cases across the province, including 2 in Simcoe Muskoka

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OLG has not set a timeline for when the casinos will re-open, but has said they will advise the public when the time comes.