Casinos in Atlantic City welcomes back patrons 108 days after its mandatory shutdown. The casinos resumed operations despite the continuing threat of the novel coronavirus.
Strict health and sanitation protocols are in place as guests enjoy their casino experience.
The novel coronavirus infected more than ten million people worldwide, killing more than half a million. The United States had nearly three hundred thousand infections, with more than 130,000 deaths. Experts believe that an actual number of infections is far higher than the figures released by the government.
New Jersey had more than 172,000 confirmed cases with the death toll reaching 13,181. Atlantic City reported 2,722 infections with 188 deaths.
Health regulators report more cases in the country. State leaders imposed stricter measures to help reduce infections.
Atlantic City casinos reopen with stricter protocols
On the first day, the governor allowed the reopening, five of the nine casinos accepted back gamblers.
Hard Rock, Ocean, Resorts, Tropicana and Golden Nugget were the first casinos to resume work. The other three casinos, including Caesars, Bally’s and Harrah’s reopen Friday. The city’s highest-grossing casino, Borgata remained closed after the governor mandated all indoor dining establishments to remain closed.
Governor Phil Murphy ordered indoor dining establishments to stay closed after observing that customers in restaurants across the state are bridging health protocols. Restaurants are not implementing the proper social distancing protocols and mandatory wearing of face masks in their establishments.
The governor also noted the rise in novel coronavirus infection in other states after leaders allowed the reopening of indoor dining. In response, Borgata decided to remain close as they prioritize the safety and security of their clients. The company said they would resume operations as soon as health regulators announced approval.
Casinos in Atlantic City restricted smoking, drinking and eating inside the gambling floor. Employees and guests were mandated to wear masks in the public areas of the gambling establishment. Before entry, guests’ temperature was checked, and those with symptoms are sent home or to a medical facility.
Operators in the state assured that they would strictly impose the protocols mandated by the health regulators. The casinos installed sanitation stations all over the casino floor to reduce the possibility of transmission of the virus. The operators said the safety of their employees and guests are the top priority of their operations.
Hungary remains closed for non-EU citizens
Non-EU Gambling tourists won’t be able to visit their favourite casinos in Hungary. The country’s prime minister announced restrictions for entry for non-EU nations.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban said via video in his Facebook account that they are reinstating the humanitarian corridors that block foreigners from getting inside the country.
The European Union ordered on Tuesday that members of the block should start lifting restrictions to allow entry of 14 non-EU countries including Canada, Japan, Uruguay, Montenegro, New Zealand and South Korea. However, the Prime Minister said they couldn’t comply with the order of the block because it risks the lives of the Hungarian people.
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