Two Pennsylvania casinos are set to reopen Monday, June 29, as per statements on their official websites. Parx Casino in Bensalem and Wind Creek Bethlehem will join a slew of several other gambling properties to have resumed operations in the Keystone State.
Parx Casino will reopen its doors to patrons at 9 am on Monday. The property has adopted a number of enhanced safety measures in line with health and social distancing guidelines given by the CDC, the Pennsylvania Health Department, and the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
Casino staff will rearrange slot machines and gaming tables and there will be limited seating at those to enable patrons to practice social distancing.
Employees and customers will be required to wear masks or other face coverings at all times while on the gaming floor.
Parx Casino will be open Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 3 am and from 9 am on Friday through 3 am on Monday.
The casino’s poker room will remain closed until further notice. Only a few select dining and bar facilities will reopen and will operate with limited hours.
Guests will be allowed to enter through a limited number of doors that are either propped open, automated, or manually opened by an employee. If the casino reaches capacity, guests will be asked to wait outside.
All casino patrons will have their temperatures checked upon entry. Any patron that registers a temperate at or above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit will be asked to take a secondary check. If the second check registers at or above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, guests will not be allowed to enter the casino.
Customers that refuse to wear masks or face coverings will be denied entry to the gaming floor.
Wind Creek Bethlehem Readies for Reopening
Wind Creek Bethlehem, which closed to the public in mid-March, will also resume operations on June 29.
The property’s General Manager Kathy McCracken said in a statement that they have “crafted a reopening plan that includes utilizing a gaming reservation system.” She went on that the new system will help their team “manage appropriate capacity in the building” and will provide “a way to continuously clean the gaming floor throughout the day.”
The reservation system will open to casino patrons on Wednesday, June 24, on Wind Creek Bethlehem’s official website.
Jay Dorris, President and CEO of Wind Creek Hospitality, the property’s parent company, said earlier this month that a reservation would not be required, but would be available to any guest who wants to go to the casino on a given day and at a given time.
The gambling venue’s health and safety protocols and guidelines include temperature checks for all guests and staff members upon entry and mandatory masks or other face coverings at all times and for both staff and guests.
Smoking will be permitted in an outdoor area located in the north parking lot.
Parx Casino and Wind Creek Bethlehem will be able to resume operations next week because they are located in the two of the 13 counties that are hoped to be allowed to move on Friday to the green phase of reopening under Governor Tom Wolf’s three-phase plan. Under that plan, the third, green, phase is when all restrictions are lifted and non-essential businesses are allowed to reopen – though at limited capacity.
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