BCLC and its casino service providers reopened casinos and community gaming centres on July 1, 2021 as part of Step 3 of the province’s restart plan.
Players will notice robust health and safety measures, including reduced capacity, physical distancing, new table-game procedures, enhanced sanitation and mandatory face coverings. Learn more during a video tour.
The industry’s comprehensive Health & Safety Guidelines, publically available on bclc.com, detail the minimum requirement that each casino or community gaming centre must follow to support the health and wellbeing of our players, people and communities. All gambling facilities must also operate in accordance with any requirements set by the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) and WorkSafeBC.
GameSense Advisors have returned to casinos and community gaming centres across B.C. to support players with informed decision-making and positive play. They also continue to be available on the Live Chat function on PlayNow.com or via phone at 1-866-815-0222.
On March 16, 2020, B.C.’s Attorney General directed BCLC to implement the closure of all gaming facilities in the province. On June 29, 2021, B.C.’s Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General modified that direction to allow casinos and community gaming centres to reopen when the PHO determined that it was safe to do so.
BCLC conducts and manages lottery, casino, bingo and online gambling on behalf of the province for the benefit of British Columbians. In fiscal 2019/20, casinos and community gaming centres generated $929 million of the $1.3 billion in net income that BCLC delivered to the Province of B.C. to support investments in healthcare and education, community programs and First Nations.