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Atlantic City, New Jersey — The largest casino in town, Borgata, has reopened its doors several weeks after the other casinos in the famous casino city opened their doors after the corona-crisis forced casinos to shutter their doors. It is not business as usual, with social distancing and partial closure of some of the hotel amenities in place, but nonetheless, patrons are now welcome back to the casino to place bets.
The virus has killed close to sixteen thousand in the state but according to experts, New Jersey is one of the three states in the US that has been rated as meeting the basic criteria to begin reopening businesses such as casinos.
Even with the green light from NJ State officials, Borgata isn’t taking any risks. In a statement from the company, the casino is reopening under a rigid seven-point plan in order to assure the patrons are as safe as possible while they are enjoying the casino facilities.
In a statement from Bill Hornbuckle, Acting CEO and President of MGM Resorts International, which owns and operates Borgata, said that the Casino is taking the virus very seriously and has consulted health experts as to when and how to most safely reopen its doors.
Public health experts tell us that it will take some time for life to return to a sense of normalcy. We cannot stop enjoying life until then. What we can do is take what we know now about the virus and give people the tools they need to be safe and responsible and create environments designed to curb its spread.
Borgata’s Seven Point Plan:
The Seven-Point that Borgata is now opening under is in line with Gov. Phil Murphy’s guidelines that venues, where indoor gatherings take place, may only be open to 25% of their full capacity in order to help reduce the spread of the virus. This means that even if there is a rush on the casino by eager patrons looking to use the facilities there may be some capacity limitations.
This could be bad news for the hundreds of thousands of annual visitors coming to Atlantic City Casinos from other states such as New York. Out of state patrons are advised to make a reservation before making a trip to Borgata.
Patrons visiting Borgata, NJ, can expect social distance and to see a lot of plexiglass diving themselves from other gamblers and the staff at the casino. They can also expect to see most of the indoor dining establishments to either be closed or to be doing limited service in order to stay in compliance with state guidelines.
Most of the Casino’s outdoor restaurants are operating in a semi-normal fashion and the nearby beach, which is very spacious, is perfect for social distancing compliance.
Patrons walking onto the casino floor will observe a matrix of plexiglass separating slot machines and a less than normal amount of card tables operating. Nonetheless, the casino is operating and patrons will not miss out on any of the normal wagering options they may have come expect before the Casino closed its doors early this year.
The short answer here is that no one knows. In a world where a pandemic can close down a nation and where projection models show that the worst is yet to come for many areas of the country, it is likely that social distancing and seven-point plans are not only to be in our present but also our future, at least for the foreseeable future.
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