The Borgata in Atlantic City will be the last New Jersey casino to reopen following the coronavirus lockdown.
MGM Resorts International announced it will reopen the Borgata to the public on Sunday, 26 July following its closure earlier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Borgata reopens
When the venue reopens it will operate in line with New Jersey’s rules and safety measures. The Borgata will operate at a 25% capacity limit and indoor dining will not be available during the initial phase of reopening.
In addition to these measures, the casinos will disable every other slot machine to encourage social distancing in the venue.
Melonie Johnson, the Borgata’s president and chief operating officer, said: “Following the Governor’s directive to postpone indoor dining, we took a step back to reassess our reopening date to ensure we could give our guests the world-class experience they expect from us, safely.”
When we reopen, Borgata will introduce new outdoor dining experiences, as well as a convenient takeout program from several of our fine and casual dining outlets. We appreciate our guests’ and employees’ patience and understanding and look forward to welcoming them back.”
In the announcement, MGM added: “MGM has compiled its own internal team and processes to respond if a guest or employee tests positive for COVID-19. We ask that if a guest tests positive after visiting one of our properties, they alert us through a special email address.
“We will immediately report any positive test results to the local health department and assist with contact tracing to support the health department investigators.”
All NJ casinos reopen
The MGM-owned venue has 2,000 guest rooms and suites and 106,000 square feet of event space and was the only casino in Atlantic City that did not immediately reopen on 2 July.
Casinos in the state of New Jersey had been closed since 16 March, as part of a ban on gatherings of up to 50 people, to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Golden Nugget Atlantic City, The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Ocean Casino Resort, Resorts Casino Hotel and Tropicana Atlantic City, were among the first casinos to reopen in the state of New Jersey.
More US casinos reopen
In mid-March, almost every single land-based casino in the US temporarily closed, with the exception of 16 small tribal venues, to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
At the time of writing, according to the American Gaming Association’s (AGA) casino tracker, 840 casinos across the US have reopened, while 149 remain closed.
Tribal casinos were among the first venues reopen after exercising their tribal sovereignty to facilitate a phased reopening of venues in various states. When it comes to commercial casinos, casinos in Deadwood, South Dakota, were the last to close and first to reopen on 7 May.