Casino Rama is open again after OPP gives 'all clear'
Thursday 27th February 2020
Bomb threat was called in at about 2 p.m. today; Casino and hotel were evacuated while police did a thorough investigation that 'didn't turn up anything'
Casino Rama re-opened its doors at 6 p.m. this evening.
A bomb threat was called in to Orillia OPP at about 2 p.m. this afternoon. As a result, police ordered the evacuation of the gaming facility, the next-door hotel and the administration offices.
Police gave the all-clear after scouring every corner of the gaming floor and conducting a room-by-room search of the hotel.
"The OPP didn't turn up anything in their search," said Rob Mitchell, director of communications and public affairs for Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited.
He couldn't say if it was a hoax and referred questions about that to police. Rama Police were not able to provide any details as of this evening.
Mitchell praised the work of staff in ensuring an "orderly evacuation."
"Our staff are well trained to deal with crises. I'm very proud of the job they did. Our guests were very patient and understanding," Mitchell added.
While some staff were sent home, many went across the street to the community centre and stayed on stand-by, hoping the casino would re-open.
"Those staff are now back at work and the gaming floor and the hotel opened at 6 p.m.," said Mitchell.
He called the incident "unfortunate. It's not something you can anticipate. But all that being said, everything happened as orderly as possible, nobody was hurt ... it certainly could have been much worse."