Atlantic City’s casinos and resorts welcomed guests back right before the July Fourth holiday, after being shuttered since early March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Resorts Casino Hotel officially reopened to the public on July 2. Team members were cheered on with a pep rally held on the casino floor just prior to opening and then an official ribbon cutting was held at the boardwalk entrance to welcome back guests. Caesars, Harrah’s Resort and Bally’s Atlantic City reopened their doors July 3.
Caesars Entertainment Regional President Ron Baumann joined Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small Sr. to celebrate the milestone with a brief ceremony on the Atlantic City Boardwalk – opening the doors to Bally’s, Caesars, and Harrah’s Resort after more than 100 days – welcoming back employees and customers.
All casinos have limited capacity to 25 percent occupancy, are mandating face masks for guests and employees and have made other adjustments, such as the installation of hand sanitizing stations, temperature checks upon entry and the cleaning and disinfection of surfaces on a regular basis to ensure the safety of guests and employees.
“Today is an exciting day because we get to welcome back our team members and guests to Caesars, Harrah’s Resort and Bally’s and look forward to making new memories together,” said Baumann. “Our health and safety protocols are at the forefront of our signature brand of hospitality while continuing to offer a fun and enjoyable experience for guests. At the same time, we are excited to launch a first for us – al fresco dining experiences at each resort, starting today, just in time for the holiday weekend.”
On its gaming floors, all Caesar’s properties rearranged slot machine banks to allow for social distancing, and now have fewer seats to allow for better spacing at table games.
In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Resorts Casino Hotel developed a Play Safe, Work Safe operations plan to create a fun, comfortable and safe environment for guests and team members. This plan consists of comprehensive safety and social distancing protocols, some of which include thermal temperature scans for employees, protective mask requirements and limited guest capacity.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City also reopened on July 2 implementing a Safe + Sound Reopening Plan & Protocols, which adhere to the directives from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. The plan received approval from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.