Casinos across Massachusetts are all set to reopen starting this Monday, 6th of July; thanks to the state’s gaming regulator’s recent vote in favor of the reopening of the gaming facilities to the general public.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) last Thursday voted in favor of lifting the temporary suspension of operations at the state’s casinos that was imposed in March this year as part of the state authorities’ efforts to control the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. The gaming regulator has cleared the way for the casinos to resume operations as early as this Monday, but the facilities are required to submit their plans indicating compliance with health and safety precautions mandated by the state health authorities.
The long list of state-mandated health and safety precautions includes maintaining a minimum six-foot distance between operating slots positions, installing 6-foot tall plexiglass dividers between operating slot machines, making hand sanitizer stations available across the facility, making arrangements for temperature screening of each and every visitor and ask them to wear face masks. All casino team members will also be required to have face coverings. Anyone who may not have a face mask will be able to get one from the operator for free.
In addition, gaming tables will also feature plexiglass dividers to separate players and dealers. The maximum limit of players per table has been capped at three. The strict operational restrictions are widely-expected to limit each gamming facility’s capacity to roughly 25 per cent of normal. Casinos have also been instructed to arrange special COVID-19 health protocol training for all of their team members.
Beverages have been permitted for guests on the gaming floor, but only for seated guests. Any guest will not be allowed to carry or drink any beverage while moving about the gaming area.
It is worth-mentioning here that not only casinos but also government across the United States are itching to reopen the gaming facilities are they make significant contributions to their local economies, which suffered a big jolt in wake of lengthy COVID-19 shutdown.
The slots-only Plainridge Park Casino of Penn National Gaming (PNG) has plans to reopen its door to the members of the general public on Wednesday, 8th of July; while Wynn Resorts’ Encore Boston Harbor casino is expected to resume operations on 12th of July. Casino giant MGM Resorts’ gambling and entertainment property is scheduled to reopen on 13th of July.