June 23, 2020
With Gov. Phil Murphy allowing New Jersey casinos to get back to business next week, at 25% capacity, several Atlantic City entertainment venues have begun announcing their reopening plans.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tropicana Casino Resort, Golden Nugget, Ocean Casino Resort and Resorts Casino Hotel all will reopen July 2 – the first day they are permitted to do so. Of those casinos, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino was the first to release its COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.
It was followed by Ocean Casino Resort, which has implemented more staff to conduct more cleaning and disinfection of the property. All guests and employees are required to wear face coverings, hand sanitizer stations have been made available, and plexiglass barriers have been installed. All employees will have their temperatures taken upon arrival.
Social distancing will be enforced by limiting slot and table games areas, spreading out lines in public spaces, and reducing capacity in restaurants and bars.
The wait is finally over! We are excited to announce that we will be reopening on July 2.— Hard Rock Atlantic City (@HardRockHCAC) June 22, 2020
Stay tuned for more details. pic.twitter.com/q7WPNNHkZs
In just 10 days we can welcome you back to Resorts. We will reopen to the public on July 2nd. Stay tuned for details. pic.twitter.com/bQW3uAk1IM— Resorts Casino Hotel (@ResortsCasino) June 22, 2020
Summer is here and we cannot wait to welcome you back home! Stay turned for more announcements. 🌊🙌 pic.twitter.com/3jT3nUdCuH— Ocean Casino Resort (@TheOceanAC) June 22, 2020
WELCOME BACK GOLDEN GUESTS!— Golden Nugget AC (@goldennuggetac) June 23, 2020
We're excited to announce we will reopen next Thur 7/2! View updates on your Tier Status, Comp Dollars, Cashback and more: https://t.co/HT62YL2yWH pic.twitter.com/g1Lb3Xn35u
We are excited to open our doors on 7/2/2020 at 8am EST. We are working w/ public health officials & regulators to take safety & cleaning standards to the highest level. Cheers to exciting times, unforgettable experiences, & to seeing you again. #bettertogether #togetherwewin pic.twitter.com/wTfEln1elD— Tropicana AC (@TropicanaAC) June 25, 2020
Bally’s, Harrah’s Resort, and Caesars will all open on July 3, and each will require guests and employees to wear face coverings while indoors when not eating or drinking. Employees will have their temperatures screened upon arrival to the casino, and more frequent disinfection and sanitation will take place across all three properties.
Social distancing will also be required at all three entertainment venues. Slot machines have been rearranged and some seats have been removed at table games to enforce such practice. All restaurants and bars will operate at reduced capacities.
“The well-being of our team members and guests is important to us, and we are focused on enhancing our health and safety protocols to provide an enjoyable guest experience that emphasizes social distancing and cleanliness," said Ron Baumann, who serves as President for Caesars Entertainment's Atlantic City region.
"Whether you plan to visit us on the world-famous Atlantic City Boardwalk, or enjoy the sophisticated setting of the Marina District, our resorts offer a great travel escape for guests this summer--especially for those living within drive-time of the Jersey Shore, who can visit us on a tank of gas, without the flight.”
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa was scheduled to reopen to the public on July 6. However, after New Jersey postponed its plans to allow indoor dining at 25% capacity to resume on July 2, Borgata announced that it will not reopen until its restaurants and bars can.
When Borgata does reopen, guests and employees will need to follow strict COVID-19 protocols.
Employees and guests will both be required to wear face coverings while in public spaces. Masks will be provided to those who don’t have them. Workers and customers will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms upon entry and have their temperatures taken.
Social distancing will be enforced with floor markers reminding people to keep six feet apart. Barriers will be implemented where social distancing could be difficult to enforce, such as at many table games.
Hand sanitizer stations will be set up across the casino floor and staffers will conduct increased cleaning of hotel rooms and public spaces.
Some amenities will be limited initially, but the casino said that it plans to open additional venues in the coming weeks and months. Poker and valet parking will not be available and operating hours could vary.
"When we reopen our doors, we do so with excitement to welcome back our employees and guests, and with an unwavering commitment to their health and safety," Borgata President Melonie Johnson said. "Summer is a special time in Atlantic City, and we look forward to playing a part in offering some much-needed entertainment."
We respect the Governor’s decision to postpone the reopening of indoor dining in New Jersey to protect the public. Given this decision, our property Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City will remain closed. pic.twitter.com/XTNxyw212R— BORGATA (@BorgataAC) June 29, 2020