After being shut for almost 6 months, the US economy is slowly resuming its operations. Amongst many other business activities, casinos are also being operational with a reduced capacity along with a few restrictions on social distancing.
On Wednesday, Sullivan County casinos were also seen reopened with capacity limited to 25%. The permission was granted to the state’s four non-tribal casinos last week on September 9. All these casinos were shut down since March due to the Covid-19 breakout. After meeting local leaders and press, the casino operators convinced the New York government to resume operations safely. The safety measures (in the wake of Coronavirus) such as installing thermal imaging machines, ultrasonic cleaning technology, and medical-grade filters, etc. are now mandatory in several institutions and business establishments.
Additionally, all visitors are required to wear masks while playing inside the casino. On the opening of casinos, Genting Americas East has posted a 21-point Safety Plan online. Genting Americas East is the major stakeholder in the Resorts World. It will be subject to create and ensure the implementation of strict safety protocols across the casinos. The 21-point safety plan released includes social distancing, thermal-scan for a temperature check, intensified cleaning at casinos, over 200 stations for hand-sanitizing, face mask, and much more.
According to Bob DeSalvio (president of Genting Americas East), their team at The Resorts World has been waiting for reopening since long with great hope. No doubt there are tough times of pandemic going on. But, we take up the responsibility of staying safe while having fun and entertainment in the casinos, he added.
At the moment, the visitors will have access to only 100,000 square feet of the gaming floor including slot machines and around 150 table games. To maintain social distancing, the tables are separated from plexiglass dividers. For the visitors, the view of the casinos will be a bit different as it used to be. However, they can surely have some fun.