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September 14, 2020
LONDON, ONT. — The mayors of 25 municipalities in Ontario have sent a letter to Premier Doug Ford asking that the number of patrons permitted inside casinos be increased.
In a letter obtained by CTV News, the Casino Host Municipalities Group expresses concern about the “significant job losses and economic impact” caused by the continued closure of casinos.
Casinos across Ontario closed March 16.
The mayors explain that the current 50-patron cap under Stage 3 COVID-19 reopening rules “is not workable from an economic perspective,” so local casinos that share revenues with municipalities remain idled.
According to the Canadian Gaming Association, about 17,000 employees of the gaming industry are out of work in Ontario.
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