Casinos in Atlantic City have received a go-ahead to re-open starting July 2nd, but under strict measures and tight limits on the number of guests to admit in their premises.
This past Monday, Governor of New Jersey, Phil Murphy, through a tweet, confirmed that the city’s casino would be allowed to resume operations Thursday, July 2nd, which ends a three-month-long lockdown due to COVID-19. Re-opening comes at a good time considering July 4th is around the corner, and casinos are hoping to take advantage of the celebration to cash in big and recoup losses they have made in the past few months.
However, casinos will only be allowed to admit 25 percent of capacity, which is less than half of what casinos in Nevada were allowed to accept as they re-open this month. But, its 15 percent more than what casino is Detroit will be allowed to admit once they re-open.
The Governor promised additional information regarding the rules casino are expected to follow will be released in the next few days. However, he pointed out that both customers and staff will be screened and will be expected to wear masks at all times.
July 2nd is also the date that racetracks in New Jersey will resume operations. However, lounges and sportsbooks will be allowed just 25 percent of standard capacity. The Governor noted that the state would be keen on enforcing rules to ensure there won’t be a repeat of partying as was seen this past weekend in New Jersey’s shores.
The state trails New York in the number of confirmed cases, and this past Monday’s statistics indicated over 169000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and about 12900 deaths. Reliance on Casino business and the lockdown in the Atlantic City has caused severe economic damage to the city’s coffers. The city is thinking about giving tax breaks to companies to ensure very few people are sent home.