Casino Lac-Leamy violates health protocols – Casino Reports
Recent reports from Quebec indicate that one of the largest casinos has not properly implemented provincial health and safety protocols. The author, in this case, is the Casino Lac-Leamy in Gatineau, and the property violations were first noted by a nursing assistant at the Hull Hospital, then confirmed by a Radio-Canada investigation. .
Currently, provincial health and safety rules state that all guests and staff at casinos in Quebec must wear a face mask when in such property. In addition, in order for individuals to access these properties, they must also show full proof of vaccination. However, it was reported that the Gatineau facility did not meet the mask’s mandate.
Linda Dumouchel, nursing assistant at the Hull Hospital was the first to report the irregularity on the property of the Gatineau casino. She explained that her first visit to the casino was due to her first outing, and when asked to show proof of vaccination upon entry, she noticed that a lot of people were do not wear their protective masks.
Last weekend, a Radio-Canada team spent two hours at the casino site and also noticed people talking and dancing without wearing protective masks. According to provincial rules, customers are not required to wear a mask when eating or drinking, but most of these people were not doing so. During this time, no one from the staff reminded customers put their masks back on.
In response to this, Loto-Québec indicated that it has always taken health and safety rules very seriously and that it send additional reminders staff and customers to comply with protocols. Spokesman Renaud Dugas said Crown establishments must all adhere to sanitary rules, however, casino officials declined to comment on the situation.
The epidemiologist and the holder of the Research Chair in Family Medicine at the University of Ottawa, Dr. Lise Bjerre, indicated that these types of behaviors are not surprising given the last 20 months of an unprecedented situation. . She adds that people are start to get tired and bored restrictions however, they must be observed, and that we cannot let our guard down at this time.
Problem still not resolved
In November, Casino Lac-Leamy was embroiled in yet another controversy, as the properties argue with staff members over salary increases is not yet resolved. More than 80 security guards and guards have threatened to go on strike because they are not satisfied with the company’s conditions. However, the casino’s argument is that it was heavily impacted by the previous foreclosure.
The dispute between the security officers and the Casino Lac-Leamy is not recent and actually dates back to 2019. The CUPE 3959 union, which represents disgruntled workers, maintains that the casino is more than capable of offering more competitive salaries since for the first quarter of 2020-2021 Loto-Québec managed to generate nearly CA $ 200 million in revenue, despite provincial restrictions.
Source: “Lac-Leamy casino does not enforce mask mandates“, Radio-Canada News, December 16, 2021