Canada – Casino de Montreal, a casino on the Notre Dame Island in the borough of Ville-Marie in Montreal, Quebec has today announced that it is closed for business effectively immediately amid coronavirus crisis.
The move comes after Premier François Legault called for the cancellation of all public gatherings than consist of more than 250 people:
“I am asking a lot. We have a major challenge and if we want to succeed I need the help of all Quebecers. Today, Quebec must put itself on an emergency footing. Our challenge in the coming weeks to contain the spread of the virus. The coming weeks will be critical. Our goal is slow the spread of the virus to the maximum. Priority 1 is public health. We have to protect ourselves and the best way to protect those we love is to protect ourselves. I am calling on the solidarity of Quebecers, on the sense of responsibility of everyone.”
“The coming weeks will be critical in terms of the virus spreading. But we have to be realistic. We are facing a crisis that will last for months. We must prepare. The coming months are going to be very difficult, very difficult for our health network, very difficult for the Quebec economy.”
Casino de Montreal is the largest casino in Canada and is usually open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to patrons aged 18 and older.
The casino, which is the latest establishment in the region to announce a closure, boasts a 526,488 square foot gaming floor. Within the three structures there are over 3200 slot machines, over 115 gaming tables, Keno facilities, and large number of speed lotteries and virtual games.
Several events have also been cancelled, including the Saint-Patrick’s Day parade and the Greek Independence Day parade.