Casinos in Atlantic City prepare to welcome back guests after almost four months of shutdown due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
On Thursday, Tropicana Atlantic City, Ocean Casino Resort, Golden Nugget Atlantic City, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, and Resorts Casino Hotel will reopen doors to patrons, followed by the reopening of the three properties of Caesars Entertainment Corp. on Friday.
Atlantic City resumes the casinos’ operations despite the rapid increase of cases of the novel coronavirus and the threat that local activists will shut down the city over claims of systemic racism, as highlighted by the death of George Floyd.
There are more than ten million infections of the novel coronavirus worldwide, with more than half a million dead. In the US, nearly three hundred caught the deadly pathogen, with more than 130,000 deaths. New Jersey reported 171,928 cases, with more than 15,000 deaths.
Reopening of casinos and amusement parks amid rising coronavirus cases
The reopening of the casinos, libraries, museums, and amusement parks was scheduled before the 4th of July. Atlantic City expects a busy week as new cases of the novel coronavirus continues to scare the public. The latest update from health regulators reported 45 new coronavirus related deaths with 423 new confirmed cases.
The governor observed that guests of indoor restaurants across the state do not follow health and safety measures such as social distancing and the mandatory wearing of masks. The governor said the number of cases of the deadly virus in neighboring states rose when they resumed indoor dining. However, casinos were given the signal to resume operations. They are required to follow health advisories of the state.
Activists warn to shut down the city
As the state moves to the reopening of businesses, a local activist warns to shut down the whole city this coming weekend. Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small meets Steve Young to resolve the issue. The Mayor said he would not tolerate anyone who wants to hijack the city.
The activist said he would block the city streets with protests on the 4th of July over claims of systemic racism. Protests flooded the streets across the country, despite the threat of the virus, over the death of George Floyd, killed by an arresting white cop. The death video went viral on the internet, which sparked rallies and protests all over the country.
Mr. Young said that this is no longer about Floyd but about black issues in the city. The Mayor convened stakeholders of the city and the activist in the hope of resolving the issue.
During the meeting, the activist ordered the Mayor to leave, and when he refused, he said the meeting is over.
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