Pennsylvania casino meets guests again!

17.06.2020 14:05

Rivers Casino Pittsburgh and Meadows Racetrack & Casino were the first gambling establishments in Pennsylvania that announced an opening date, almost three months after they were ordered to close due to a coronavirus pandemic.

On Wednesday, Rivers Casino announced on its website that it would resume operations at 9:00 on Tuesday, June 9th. The gaming

institution will receive the guests from 9:00 to 4:00 on weekdays and on weekends all night until 4:00 on Monday.

The administration of the casino announced that daily there will be conducted a deep cleaning of the room during its closing hours in order to minimize the risk of coronavirus infection of staff and guests.

The gambling regulator released in May a document consisting of 10 pages and containing the minimum protocols that state-licensed casinos should follow when reopened. Rivers Casino CEO Bill Keen said casino staff is already working to fully comply with the Pennsylvania Board protocols.

12 land-based casinos and three racecourses in Pennsylvania will be able to resume work only after the counties in which they are located, go into the green phase. According to the three-stage plan for the reopening of Governor Tom Wolf, which includes the red, yellow and green phases, the third, green phase, when all restrictions are lifted and non-essential enterprises resume their activity again.

The Rivers Pittsburgh and Meadows casinos will be able to reopen next week, as their districts (Allegheny and Washington) will enter the green phase on Friday.

When will the Meadows Racecourse and Casino be opened?

The facility will be reopened at noon on Tuesday, June 9th. Real Estate CEO Tony Frabbiel said they are working closely with the Pennsylvania Gambling Control Authority, state and local executives, and public health officials “to complete the development of comprehensive plan protocols that include new security measures aimed at the health of guests and casino employees.”

Among the health and safety protocols established by the state regulator of gambling, there is a condition on the placement of only 50% of the gaming places of the total area.

All casino regulars and employees will have to wear face masks, observe distance thereby limiting personal contacts.

Casinos will be processed frequently and carefully. Hand disinfectants will be placed at each entrance and on the game floors.

State gambling establishments will also need to implement methods that make it easy for regular customers and employees to determine the temperature or other symptoms of the disease and deny them access to the gaming room.

Between slot machines and board games there will be plexiglass partitions. In addition, the casino will have to observe social distances between players by removing chairs from certain slot machines or turning off slot machines, thereby avoiding violating everyone’s personal space.

Poker rooms until they can resume their activities.