Union VP Doesn't See Caesars Windsor Opening with 50 People Limit


The vice president of Unifor Local 444 doesn't see Caesars Windsor opening any time soon.

Windsor remains in Stage 2 of the province's COVID-19 reopening plan, but when it does move to Stage 3 it can only open with a 50 person limit.

Darryl Desjarlais says that won't be enough people to justify opening one of Ontario's largest casinos.

"The outline doesn't include staff, so it's 50 people plus staff ...  it's not my call but I don't think we're going to open with 50 people it's not feasible," he says.

Cascades Casino Chatham is already in Stage 3 and Desjarlais says the union is keeping a close eye on the reopening process.

"We're checking to see if they can open up the restaurant with 50 people because it's separate in the same building ... and they're not sure yet," he says. "They have a smaller casino and they're looking into it."

In the meantime, Desjarlais says staff is busy preparing Caesars Windsor to reopen when the time comes.

"We have temperature gauges at the entrance and they're putting up barriers all over the place," he added.

Desjarlais says only a fraction of the 2,100 workers have been called back to prepare the casino.


— With files from AM800's Rob Hindi