How to Avoid Coronavirus in Casinos and Gambling Halls

It is the top news story in most countries around the world. Coronavirus, or COVID-19, has been spreading quickly. What started in a Chinese city has traveled around the world is now an outbreak of a disease that knows no boundaries.

Coronavirus in Canada

Canada has not been immune. Through March 5, there were 46 cases of people testing positive for coronavirus in all of Canada, with half of them located in Ontario.

However, just this week, British Columbia revealed the first case of a person who tested positive without having traveled to any key countries with outbreaks or being in contact with any infected persons. Doctors call this a community case, one that spreads through community contact rather than person-to-person.

In addition, there are 237 Canadians trapped on a cruise ship off the shore of San Francisco. The ship is now known to contain more than 20 people with coronavirus, many of whom are employees. It is unclear how many affected people are Canadian or how many people have been tested thus far.

General Precautions

From local doctors to governmental advisors and the World Health Organization, everyone has advice on staying safe. And most of the recommendations are the same.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Regularly use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Don’t touch your face unless with freshly-cleaned hands.
  • Keep a distance between anyone exhibiting cold symptoms.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing.
  • Stop shaking hands.
  • Stay home if feeling unwell.
  • See a doctor if feeling very unwell.

For those who love to play poker or gamble, they may want to take extra precautions. By being in places where money and chips are exchanged, and by touching slot machines and bingo cards that many others touch, there are more things to do to stay safe.

  1. Use Hand Sanitizer Frequently

Carry a bottle of hand sanitizer in your purse. Men, carry a backpack or find travel-size bottles. This is absolutely essential for people in casinos, bingo halls, and poker rooms. Use it as often as possible.

  1. Wear Protective Masks

This is not recommended for people in regular life. But for people in close proximity to others in casinos, wear the masks. People are close enough to breathe in your vicinity, not to mention sneeze and cough, so the masks are helpful. In addition, the mask will keep you from touching your face as often.

It is important, though, to wash your hands immediately after removing the mask. And it is essential to discard the mask at the end of a day and wear a new one. Germs accumulate and must be discarded.

  1. Wash Clothing After Outing

After being at a casino, poker room, bingo parlor, or gambling hall of any sort, wash all of your clothing. Don’t let it sit around the house or wear those items of clothing again before washing. There is no reason to allow germs to live and breathe in your home.

  1. Stay Home with Any Symptoms

If you experience any symptoms of a cold, whether a mildly sore throat or one too many sneezes, it is best to stay home. Not only are you more susceptible to becoming sicker by venturing out into public places, you can spread your germs.

  1. Wear Gloves

It may not be fashionable, but wearing gloves is an option. Thin, medical gloves will still enable you to handle casino chips and play slot machines, even handle bingo cards and money. Disposable gloves are also easy to turn inside out when removing and throwing away after use.

  1. Don’t Shake Hands

When leaving a poker table or even some table games, players have made a habit of shaking hands with friends – even competitors. Players should avoid doing this at all costs at this time.

  1. Play at Online Casinos

This is probably the easiest option for the time being. With so many reliable online casinos and poker sites for Canadian players, it makes sense to seek out a trustworthy option and play from a home computer, tablet, or mobile device.

Try any one of our recommended and reviewed casinos. It is free to set up a new account on a site like Jackpot City and explore the games. And when ready to play, check out our lucrative bonus offers specifically for Canadian players.


Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell has been writing about poker and gambling since 2004. From her days in the WPT offices to covering summers of WSOP tournament action, she also followed gambling legislation to Washington D.C. and women-only poker to the Bahamas. Meanwhile, she lived in Los Angeles and Las Vegas for many years before moving back to her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Now, Jen travels less, writing about poker and online gambling from her home with her two dogs watching her every move. In her spare time, she follows politics, works on her never-finished novels, and learns Italian in the hopes of retiring to Italy someday.

If you want to know more, you can follow Jen on Twitter @WriterJen


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