Century Casinos reopen Mountaineer resort in West Virginia

Century Casinos has reopened another one of its casino venues in the US.

Century Casinos has reopened its Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort in the state of West Virginia.

This news comes after Century reopened two of its casinos in Missouri as well as restaurant and off-track betting operations in Alberta, Canada.

In late-March, almost all commercial and tribal casino venues in the US temporarily closed their doors to help halt the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. However, since then, several casinos across the US have reopened.

West Virginia reopening measures

Century Casinos said that prior to reopening, it implemented a “comprehensive and state-specific safety and social distancing protocols as directed by the West Virginia Lottery” before reopening on 5 June.

According to Century Casinos, the measures it introduced included using only one entrance to the venue, checking the temperature of its staff and customers, and requiring staff to wear masks. Customers are also “strongly encouraged” to wear masks themselves.

The West Virginia casino will operate at 50% of its capacity, while gaming tables and slot machines will be spaced apart to allow for social distancing between players.

Racing events at the venues racetrack already resumed on 31 May, and according to Century, the venue recorded a “record-breaking handle” on that day. The casino also features a William Hill-branded sportsbook which will reopen.

Erwin Haitzmann and Peter Hoetzinger, Co-Chief Executive Officers of Century Casinos said: “The Mountaineer, together with our already reopened casinos in Missouri and Poland represents over two-thirds of our company’s revenue before the temporary closures. Initial business volumes in Missouri and Poland are encouraging.”

Casinos reopen across the US

Casino operators across the US have begun the process of reopening their venues in line with state guidelines.

In Nevada, MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment were among some of the operators in the state to reopen their casino properties last week. MGM also reopened its casinos in Mississippi towards the end of May.

Twin River Holdings said it aimed to reopen at least 90% of its US casino venues by 8 June. So far, Twin River has reopened venues in Delaware, Rhode Island, and Mississippi.

Eldorado Resorts also announced that has reopened three of its casinos in Missouri and another two in the state of Iowa.

According to Eldorado, the Isle of Capri Casino Hotel Boonville, Isle of Capri Casino Kansas City and Lumière Place Casino & Hotels in Missouri all reopened in the state of Missouri. Eldorado’s Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf and Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo in Iowa have also been reopened.

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