Lac-Leamy casino hit by COVID-19 outbreak among staff – BoilingNews

The Western Quebec Health Unit has declared an outbreak of COVID-19 among staff at the Casino du Lac-Leamy in Gatineau, Que.

That Outaouais Integrated Health and Social Services Center (CISSSO) confirmed the outbreak Thursday, just days after a Radio Canada study revealed that the casino – one of the largest in the region – failed to enforce mask-wearing policies.

Loto-Québec said in a statement Thursday night that nine workers have tested positive.

The outbreak is related to staff gathering outside of work, the province’s crown company said. Some of the employees involved were already working from home, while others were in supervisory roles with little customer contact, Loto-Québec said.

This is the first staff outbreak at a Loto-Québec facility since the start of the pandemic, it said.

The outbreak comes after Radio-Canada’s investigation showed that the casino failed to enforce masking rules for customers while they were on the dance floor or moving around the premises.

CISSSO said it is contact tracing and screening staff at the casino.

Since public health measures were relaxed to allow standing and dancing in the province on Nov. 15, the Gatineau Police Service says they have attended the casino nine times.

All calls were related to fake vaccine passports, but not health measures, police said.

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