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COVID-19: Casinos in B.C. ordered to close

That includes casinos in Kamloops and Prince George. (via Contributed)

All British Columbia casinos have been ordered to close by the provincial government. 

Dr. Bonnie Henry made the announcement Monday during an update on the coronavirus pandemic, when she also tightened restrictions on large events and ordered the cancellation of all events with more than 50 people. 

The BC Lottery Corporation says the shutdown will be complete by 11:59 p.m. tonight. 

“Together, with our service providers, in anticipation that a directive was likely imminent, the industry came to a consensus on March 15, 2020 that casinos should suspend operations,” BCLC said.

“Facilities will re-open only once BCLC receives government direction that it is safe and appropriate to do.”

— Colin Dacre, Castanet