UPDATE: OLG to Close Casinos Across the Province Due to COVID-19


Workers at Caesars Windsor are the latest casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic.

That's after the OLG mandated the closure of casinos across the province due to the COVID-19 pandemic Sunday afternoon. The move is in response to social distancing recommendations by health officials to protect the, "health and safety of casino customers and employees."

Casinos were given 24-hours to wind down operations, so the casino must be closed Monday.

Unifor Local 444 President Dave Cassidy says Caesar's Windsor some of the more than 2,300 workers will stay on to maintain operations.

"The majority of our workforce will not be working and that's a problem for us and it's no fault of their own," says Cassidy.

Cassidy says he's already been on the phone with local MP's and MPP's to push for additional relief for workers.

"The prime minister said that if you self-isolate or if you're ill you wouldn't have to put a waiting time in for Employment Insurance. The fact of the matter is, because this no fault of their own, I think the government should be paying the top up to the workers' wages," he added.

He says the union will be busy working with staff from several casinos in southwestern Ontario.

"Not only Caesars Windsor but Chatham, Sarnia and Point Edward who we represent as well," he says. "We have a lot of work to do here and main concern is that people are safe and our membership is taken care of."

Caesars Windsor announced the gaming floor will close at 4 a.m. Monday and all hotel guests will be checked out by noon.

The upcoming Ice Cube, Pitbull, REO Speedwagon and Jason Derulo shows will be rescheduled.

A reopening date has yet to be determined.