Atlantic City casinos – Eager to hit the slot machines and also the table games after a 108-day absence, gamblers wore face masks as well as did without smoking and drinking Thursday as the Atlantic City’s casinos reopened during the coronavirus pandemic situation that has drastically changed things both inside and outside the casino walls as well.
Compliance with a series of anti-virus measures imposed by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy appeared to be nearly universal, at least in the early going.
In 2 and 1/2 hours on the gambling floor of the Hard Rock casino, as an Associated Press reporter did not see a single customer without a face mask as well. A few wore full face-covering hoods which extended to their chests.
Opening day crowds were small. The casinos are limited to no more than 25 percent of usual capacity, but that did not appear to be a problem Thursday morning.
“It’s so great to be back,” as told by Tony Revaman of Atlantic City, who visited the casinos at least twice a week before they shut down 16th March. “The only thing is: you can’t smoke. I’m a smoker and I’m trying to find some way around this.”
Others were fine with doing whatever would let them gamble as quickly as possible.
“Accept, adapt and have fun,” as told Mike McLaughlin of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. “I’m a gambler; this is what I do.”
“We are ideally ready to hit it up, go big and also hit it hard, and bring home cash as well,” as told his friend, Johnny Solis, also of Willow Grove, as he slipped off his sneaker and also pulled out a damp wad of around $1,000 in cash. “It’s time to go spend this as well.” The Borgata has not set a reopening date as well.
Atlantic City casinos – The 3 1/2-month shutdowns have been devastating to the casinos’ finances, as well as those of the thousands of people who work in them. Statistics for May and June were similarly dire.
“Unfortunately for our team members, and we had to re-lay off a fair amount of people,” as told Ron Baumann, regional president for the Caesars Entertainment, that owns Caesars, Bally’s and also Harrah’s. “It’s excruciatingly difficult to do that as well.