Atlantic City Casinos Reopens Starting Thursday
The casinos remained in shutdown since mid-March because of the government’s novel coronavirus preventive measures.
Casino reopening in many US states turned successful despite the continuing threat of the deadly pathogen. Las Vegas casinos have reported an increasing number of patrons, booking for accommodation in the resorts every day. Casinos in other states also reported a rising frequency of calls for accommodation.
Other casinos allowed concerts and other events, attracting an attendance of more and more clients.
Social distancing is strictly mandated in the casinos, causing them to limit the number of people in the casino floor and activity areas.
Atlantic City reopens with limited capacity, stricter preventive measures
Casinos in Atlantic City plans to welcome guests at 25 per cent capacity. Patrons should expect safety and health measures during the reopening. Health regulators in the US urged casino operators, as well as owners of other businesses, to strictly impose their novel coronavirus preventive measures such as social distancing and wearing of masks.
Recent government figure showed a significant increase in the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus infection, as well as death. More than two and a half million Americans got infected with the deadly virus, taking away lives of more than 100,000.
Globally, more than 10,000,000 people caught the virus, and at least half a million died. In response, US states urged businesses to heighten their efforts to reduce the frequency of contamination. Health regulators advised casino operators to mandate wearing of masks and strict social distancing protocols in their establishments.
Reopening beneficial to the city
Jane Bokunewicz, the interim coordinator of the Stockton University’s Lloyd D. Levenson Institute for Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism, the reopening of the casinos, is beneficial to the city. The coordinator said the reopening of the casinos is in time for 4th of July weekend.
The upcoming event is good news for the casino industry and everyone dependent on it. Atlantic City casinos should expect a huge number of guests during the weekend. The reopening is expected to help in the casinos’ recovery. It is also expected to provide additional revenue to the city.
Ms Bokunewixz said the casinos contributed 30 per cent of the city’s total net revenue from July to September of the past two years. Bally’s, Caesars and Harrah’s Resort will open its doors to guests starting 10 a.m. on Friday. The three casinos imposed social distancing in their slot machines and limited seats in table games to secure social distancing.
Harrah’s Resort was the first to mandate the compulsory wearing of face masks in their properties all over the country. The move was in response to the government’s effort to curve the spread of the deadly disease. More and more casinos are now following the operators move.
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa announced its reopening on July 6. The hotel will place limitations in its amenities during the reopening.
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