All across the United States, gaming operators are prepping to get back to work. Back in March, the entire casino gaming industry of the US shut down as a way to slow the spread of Covid-19. Despite the virus still being an issue, casinos are reopening. In Atlantic City, casinos have been given the go-ahead to reopen on July 2. For Caesars Entertainment Corp., they are taking advantage and opening properties on July 3, just in time for the holiday crowd.
Three Casinos Reopening
Governor Phil Murphy announced last week that casinos could reopen this weekend at a 25% capacity. Casinos have been working on reopening plans for weeks in anticipation of the governor announcing a date for reopening. For Caesars, they have plans to get back to work at the Harrah’s, Bally’s and Caesars properties.
The casinos will reopen based on state safety and health directives. The company has worked with local and state officials to get started as well as the Center for Disease Control. The operator has taken some time to rearrange the slot machines on the gaming floor to create a more open plan for social distancing. They have also reduced the number of seats for better placement at the gaming tables.
Masks are Mandatory
At the Atlantic City casinos operated by Caesars, masks are mandatory. Staff members and guests must wear them at all times. The company announced last week that they have a new universal mask policy that will be enacted at all of their casinos. Anyone who is indoors will need to wear a mask. The only exception for wearing one is to remove it when drinking or eating.
The mask policy applies to others too who may be on site such as contractors and vendors. Ron Baumann, the Regional President for Caesars Atlantic City stated that the company is thrilled to welcome back their team members and customers to create more memories together.
The AC company will be focusing its efforts on enhancing the safety and health protocols so that guests can have an enjoyable experience that emphasizes both cleanliness and social distancing. Along with opening the gaming floor back up, Caesars has plans to open several bars and dining areas along with other amenities.
At Harrah’s, the pool will be open as well as several bars and lounges, formal and casual dining options. For Caesars Atlantic City, the property will open four bars, six dining options and one quick service. Bally’s will be reopening casual, regular dining and bars as well.
It is still unclear as to just how busy Atlantic City will be once the casinos are up and running. All eyes will be on the region as they try to get back to work as the virus lingers. In Nevada, just two weeks after reopening, protocols were changed because people were not social distancing and wearing masks.
We shall see if the same will occur in Atlantic City. It will be interesting to see if Caesars will experience a lower customer count than other properties due to its mask mandate.