After announcing the reopening of its three casinos over the past weekend, American casino & online wagering giant Churchill Downs Incorporated is now preparing to reopen two more of its entertainment facilities later this week.
Bill Carstanjen, Chief Executive Officer of Churchill Downs, said in a fresh statement that the company has plans to reopen the Ocean Downs Casino in Berlin, Md., and Miami Valley Gaming, an Ohio-based harness track racino JV with Delaware North, by the end of this week.
On last Friday and Saturday, the company announced the reopening of the Farmington, Penn.-based Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin, Miami Gardens, Fla.-based Calder Casino, and Fair Grounds Race Course following lengthy closures forced by the deadly corona virus pandemic t hat originated in China and gradually spread to other parts of the world, infecting and killing millions of people. New Orleans. Last month, the company had announced the reopening of Harlow’s Casino Resort in Greenville, Miss., and the Riverwalk Casino Hotel in Vicksburg, Miss. The track’s meet concluded its meet on 21st of March, a week ahead of its schedule because the COVID-19 pandemic forced health authorities to issue “stay-at-home” orders.
Announcing the reopening of the aforementioned casinos, CEO Carstanjen said, “We are grateful to our teams who have ensured smooth, safe and successful reopenings over the past month and to our returning guests who have enthusiastically adapted to new protocols.”
The company is taking a number of steps under the guidelines of health authorities to protect team members and guests against the deadly corona virus pandemic. The steps include frequent sanitization of high-touch surfaces such as gaming equipment, handrails, doors and elevators; making arrangements for temperature screening of both team members and guests; installing plexiglass dividers between slot machines and gaming tables; asking all to wear face masks and use hand sanitizer to help keep the deadly virus at an arm’s length.
The aforementioned health safety protocols will be implemented at the entertainment giant’s other gambling and gaming facilities as well. The list of yet to be reopened casinos includes the Oxford Casino Hotel in Maine, Presque Isle Downs Casino in Penn., and the Rivers Des Plaines Casino in Illinois.
The planned reopening of the Ocean Downs Casino in Berlin and Miami Valley Gaming in Ohio would make seven of the casino operator’s ten entertainment venues open to the members of public in some capacity.