Hard Rock Hotel & Casino was the latest Atlantic City casino to release health and safety protocols for reopening, even though no reopening date has been announced for the city’s gambling venues.
Hard Rock’s Safe + Sound reopening plan includes mandatory face masks for staff and guests, plexiglass partitions at table games and at the casino’s sportsbook, thermal cameras, and more frequent and thorough cleaning and sanitization of the entire property, among other things.
Atlantic City’s nine casinos have been closed since March 16 to help reduce the spread of the dangerous coronavirus. Many other states have begun reopening their gambling venues and it all shows that New Jersey is too gearing up preparations for the relaunch of its casinos.
However, Gov. Phil Murphy is yet to give the gambling venues the green light to resume operations. He said earlier this month that he hoped casinos would be able to reopen before the July 4 weekend.
The Governor noted that the “bad news is casinos sort of have the attributes that are hardest to deal with this virus” as they are indoors, there is no proper ventilation, people are sedentary and in close proximity. Yet, New Jersey’s top official pointed out that “there are successful steps that can be taken to address the challenges.”
Caesars Entertainment Corp, MGM Resorts International, and Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, which all operate casinos on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, released their reopening plans earlier this month.
Face Masks Mandatory for Hard Rock AC Guests
Under the provisions of Hard Rock’s Safe + Sound plan, all guests and employees will have to wear face masks around the property, except while eating or drinking. The gambling venue will provide masks to patrons, if needed.
Hard Rock will install thermal imaging cameras to take guests’ temperatures. Patrons that have temperature over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit will not be permitted to enter the property.
There will be plexiglass partitions at gaming tables, the sportsbook, at the front desk, the cashier cages, and guest services.
Every other seat at slot machines and table games will have to remain vacant to provide guests with safe distance. Guests that are related or are together in a group will be allowed to sit next to each other at gaming tables.
Staff members will be required to deep-clean chips, gaming surfaces, hotel rooms, and other common areas. Security staff will be enforcing social distancing throughout the gaming floor.
Hard Rock said that it would install more than 1,000 new air filters to increase the quality of air circulation.
Dining outlets around the hotel and casino resort will be open but will operate at limited capacity. Hard Rock’s buffet will remain closed until further notice. The property will not resume shows, as well.
Commenting on their Safe + Sound plan, Hard Rock officials said that the measures they intend to implement are “probably the most conservative and most responsible here in Atlantic City” and are reflective of the fact that New Jersey along with neighboring New York were the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States.
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