What New Jersey’s casinos might look like come reopening

Daniel J. Munoz//June 18, 2020

What New Jersey’s casinos might look like come reopening

Daniel J. Munoz//June 18, 2020

Although the reopening of New Jersey’s nine casinos – all situated in Atlantic City – could be a way off, many are mapping out just what their brick and mortar establishments will look like once they reopen their doors.

Gov. Phil Murphy said he would hope to reopen casinos by July 4 weekend. With closures of the state’s casinos in effect since March 16, gaming revenue has cratered, falling by triple-digit percentages.

At the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City, patrons can expect plexiglass between gaming tables, automated thermal cameras to take their temperatures, and empty seats between occupied slot machines.

Entry would be denied to anyone with a temperature above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Venues will be limited to 50 percent capacity, though many of their shows will be closed indefinitely. And, face coverings will need to be worn indoors, especially on the game floor.

“Hard Rock and Seminole Gaming have made a tremendous commitment to sanitary protocols and a safety-first mentality for both guests and team members,” Jim Allen, the chairman of Hard Rock International, said in a June 17 statement. “We are making sure our resorts are safe and sound so our guests and team members have peace of mind when they return.”

Meanwhile, Resorts Casino Hotel rolled out an array of similarly-goaled policies and new technology to take more of the onus off of customers and staff.

There, hotel guests would use mobile check-in and checkout. Elevators would be limited to four people at a time. Like with Hard Rock, slot machines will have empty seats between them, while seating will be limited at table games.

And on June 17, Resorts said it would install an “air purification system” from AtmosAir Solutions on its casino floor, in its smoking and non-smoking areas, the hotel lobby, the restaurants and food court area, and several of its bars.

“We will be utilizing what research has shown to be the best sanitization and air quality technology available today,” Mark Giannantonio, Resorts’ president and chief executive officer, said in a June 5 statement.

“As we adapt to our ‘new normal,’ we have taken the steps to provide for the safety and well-being of our team members and guests.”