Atlantic City Casinos To Reopen On July 2

By Ben Hamill - June 26 2020

Atlantic City Casinos To Reopen On July 2

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has cleared Atlantic City’s casinos to reopen on July 2. This means that AC casinos will reopen just in time for this year’s 4th of July celebrations. Occupancy numbers will however be limited to 25% of the usual capacity and, unlike many other US casinos, all customers and every member of staff will be required to wear masks. Casino restaurants and indoor dining areas, said Gov. Murphy, will be permitted to reopen subject to the same provisions, i.e. 25% capacity, wearing of masks, etc.

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Local casinos have welcomed the announcement, especially since the city’s nine casino venues have been made to wait longer than many other casinos in other states. Reopening doors and being able to return to work, even at a limited capacity, has for many now reached a point of critical importance and the difference between temporary and permanent closure. 

Hard Rock Ready For Weeks

It’s an announcement welcomed with open arms by Atlantic City’s Hard Rock Casino. In fact, it’s a delight to have been given official guidance regarding a specific reopening date, said a relieved Joe Lupo, who is the president of the Hard Rock Casino. And even more so because of the casino now being able to look forward to meeting 4th of July demands on the beloved Atlantic City Boardwalk.

As for health and safety measures, Lupo considers his casino to be right on par with the proposed regulations announced by Murphy, as the casino has according to the Hard Rock president, been ready to apply more stringent measures than most others, and for quite some time now.

Lupo said that what the Hard Rock group had been planning on its own steam will in all likelihood exceed even those standards imposed by the state, adding that that Hard Rock’s air filtration system, for one, is better than those installed at most hospitals. He added that since the casino’s database is better administrated than most others, the casino will be in a leading position to assist health authorities with contact tracing, in the event that this should become necessary at any point in the future.

Crucial Months Ahead

The next couple of months will be crucial to the survival of Atlantic City’s casinos, as well as to regain financial security. AC’s casinos have for several consecutive years running posted 30% of their total revenue for the entire year during the third quarter alone.

Murphy made it clear that those who refused to abide by the protective rules as announced by the state, will be escorted out of Atlantic City casinos. This, said the governor, would ensure the health and safety of those eager to play responsibly as well as those desperate to return to work.