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Atlantic City Casinos Have Permission to Reopen

Atlantic City Casinos Have Permission to Reopen

They also have tap water, now

Just in case you were planning a weekend getaway to Atlantic City tomorrow, Governor Chris Christie announced today that roads to Atlantic City are reopened, and the 12 casinos that have been closed for Sandy now have permission to reopen for business.

The casinos, while remaining undamaged, have reportedly been losing some $5 million a day in revenue; last year, Hurricane Irene shut down the casinos for three days, when the city lost $45 million in business. This time around, the city has been shut until Sunday, meaning the casinos lost more than four days of business.

News reports say that one casino is already open for business: Golden Nugget Atlantic City opened some two hours after Christie's announcement. The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, in the meantime, will open today at 4 p.m.

Luckily for all Atlantic City residents and businesses, the "boil water" advisory for Atlantic City has also been lifted, New York Magazine reports, making getting a glass of water that much easier.


Borgata to reopen July 26, last of Atlantic City's 9 casinos

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- The Borgata casino will reopen on July 26, the last of Atlantic City's nine gambling resorts to resume operating amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The casino will host an invitation-only “soft opening” starting July 23, Borgata officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday, and will open its doors to everyone three days later.

The top-performing casino in Atlantic City, the Borgata was the only one that did not to immediately reopen on July 2, the first day New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy allowed casinos to do so.

Three days earlier, the governor changed his mind and canceled permission for restaurants in the state to offer indoor dining, saying that the virus risk is still too great.

That caused casinos to scramble to make other plans, including setting up temporary outdoor quarters and offering grab-and-go bags that customers can eat outside or in their hotel rooms.

But the Borgata decided not to reopen immediately under those conditions. It then set about increasing its outdoor dining options, and finally reached a point where it made sense financially to announce it would reopen.

“Following the Governor’s directive to postpone indoor dining, we took a step back to reassess our reopening date to ensure we could give our guests the world-class experience they expect from us, safely,” Melonie Johnson, the Borgata's president and chief operating officer, said in a statement.

The casino has outdoor dining options including an outdoor beer garden an area of food and beer trucks poolside at The Water Club, an adjacent non-gambling hotel the Borgata owns and an outdoor dining location for the casino's top-tier player's card members. It also will also offer room service.

Murphy ordered Atlantic City's casinos shut due to the virus on March 16.

They have been permitted to operate at 25% of capacity since July 2. The Borgata says it plans to bring back about 40% of its staff when it reopens.


Virus knocks 80% off Atlantic City casino profits in 2020

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - The coronavirus outbreak sent profits plunging at Atlantic City’s casinos by more than 80% last year, according to figures released Friday by New Jersey gambling regulators.

But despite those dismal numbers, seven of the nine casinos still managed to eke out a profit, no matter how small, in 2020.

The state Division of Gaming Enforcement reported the nine casinos collectively posted $117.5 million in gross operating profits in 2020. That was down from nearly $594 million a year earlier, before the pandemic forced casinos to close for 3 1/2 months, and limited their operations even after reopening.

Gross operating profit reflects earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and other expenses, and is a widely accepted measure of profitability in the Atlantic City casino industry.

“Atlantic City and its casinos endured their most challenging year in history,” said James Plousis, chair of the New Jersey Casino Control Commission. Even after being allowed to reopen in July, the casinos’ earnings were limited by travel restrictions, limited amenities, and cancelled entertainment, he added.

“Yet, through responsible management, the casinos proved that in-person gaming could happen safely,” Plousis said. “As tourists return to the shore, they can have every confidence Atlantic City is safe for the summer.”

The Ocean Casino Resort posted the largest operating profit at $21.8 million, up from $6.7 million in 2019. Its owners announced this week that the Ilitch family of Detroit, which owns the Little Caesars pizza chain, pro baseball and hockey teams and a Detroit casino, is buying half of the Ocean casino.

Ocean was the only Atlantic City casino to increase its profits during the pandemic year.

“Despite 2020’s extraordinary challenges, Ocean showed continued growth, emerging as an industry leader in gross gaming revenue,” Terry Glebocki, Ocean’s CEO, said in a statement. “Thanks to our team’s hard work and determination in the months before and after our temporary closure due to the global pandemic, Ocean had a successful year. As restrictions ease and we reopen additional areas of our business, I’m optimistic we’ll continue to see gaming growth throughout 2021.“

The Tropicana earned $18.7 million, but that was down more than 78% from a year earlier. Hard Rock earned $10.9 million, down nearly 72%, and Caesars earned $10.4 million, down more than 84%.

Harrah’s earned $8.5 million, down more than 90% Golden Nugget earned $7.2 million, down nearly 74%, and the Borgata posted an operating profit of just $650,000 for the year, down 99.7% from 2019. It was the last Atlantic City casino to reopen last year, several weeks after the rest.

Resorts had an operating loss of $10.5 million, compared to a profit of $17.6 million in 2019. Resorts is in the process of extending its management agreement with the Mohegan tribe in Connecticut to manage its Atlantic City casino operations.

Bally’s had a $10 million operating loss, compared to a $27.5 million profit in 2019.

Among internet-only entities, Resorts Digital had an operating profit of over $21 million, up from $8.5 million in 2019. Caesars Interactive Entertainment-NJ had a profit of nearly $20 million, up more than 45%, and Golden Nugget Online Gaming, which was spun off last year, showed an $18.6 million profit.

For the fourth quarter of 2020, whose results also were released Friday, Atlantic City’s casinos reported a collective gross operating profit of $57.8 million, down over 53% from 2019.

Ocean also had the most expensive average hotel room rate in 2020 at nearly $202. The Borgata was a distant second at $160.

Resorts had the lowest average room rate at $101, followed by Hard Rock at $112.

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Ocean also had the highest occupancy rate in 2020 at 84%. The city as a whole averaged nearly 62% occupancy.


Atlantic City casinos reopen in a changed pandemic world

For the first time in 108 days, slot machines will beep, dice will tumble and cards will be dealt at Atlantic City&aposs casinos Thursday as they reopen amid a coronavirus pandemic that has drastically changed things both inside and outside the casino walls.

Gamblers will not be allowed to smoke, drink or eat anything inside the casinos. They will have to wear masks while in public areas of the casino, and they will have their temperatures checked upon entering.

Five of the nine casinos — Hard Rock, Ocean, Resorts, Tropicana and Golden Nugget — will open their doors Thursday morning, the first day New Jersey allows them to. Three others, Caesars, Bally&aposs and Harrah&aposs, will reopen Friday, after allowing their highest rollers a one-day head start on Thursday.

Only the Borgata, the city&aposs top-performing casino, will remain shut. It quickly decided to scrap its planned reopening after New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy cancelled permission for indoor dining in the state, and imposed smoking and drinking bans on the casinos. The Borgata has not set a reopening date.

The last-minute changes, announced in a late-night press release Monday, rocked Atlantic City&aposs casinos, forcing them to abandon reopening plans they had spent months making.

“Honestly, we were totally surprised,” said Ron Baumann, regional president of Caesars Entertainment, which owns three Atlantic City casinos. “Our plans were to open up the restaurants at 25 percent capacity, and we were ready to do that. We&aposve spent the last 2 1/2 days scrambling to come up with a new plan.”

The casinos can offer take-out food to be eaten outdoors or in hotel rooms. Those that have outdoor beach or Boardwalk bars will use them others are improvising by bringing food trucks to their entrances, or, as Harrah&aposs is doing, moving a portable version of its Gordon Ramsay steakhouse to a tented rooftop area, dubbing it “Ramsey On The Roof.”

Guests won&apost have to walk far to find hand sanitizing stations on the casino floor. The Borgata has built large hand-washing stations on its casino floor, fixtures that will remain even after the pandemic is over.

Resorts is using ultraviolet light among its disinfectants, and each of the casinos has brought on extra cleaning staff to give extra attention to slot machines, kiosks, bathrooms and guest rooms.

Many casinos have erected plexiglass barriers to separate card players, and most have turned off slot machines at specific intervals to enforce distance between people who play them.

New Jersey shut down the casinos on March 16, and visitors returning to Atlantic City will notice some changes since then. They&aposll drive past billboards on the Atlantic City Expressway advertising concerts by �s pop acts that were never held. And when they stop at the first traffic light at the end of the Expressway, they’ll notice some stores in Atlantic City&aposs outlet mall district that are still਋oarded upਏrom a night of protests on May 31 over the death of George Floyd days earlier.

The 3 1/2-month shutdown has been devastating to the casinos&apos finances, as well as those of the thousands of people who work in them. In April, the first full month the casinos were closed, Atlantic City&aposs gambling revenue declined by nearly 69 percent compared with the same month a year earlier. Statistics for May and June were similarly dire.

And many laid-off casino workers — including some who until Monday night expected to be back at work within days — will remain without a job. Bob McDevitt, president of the main casino workers&apos union here, said 60 percent of his union members had been scheduled to return to work this week. Now, as few as 30 percent may go back because restaurant and beverage workers will not be needed.

“Unfortunately for our team members, we had to re-lay off a fair amount of people,” said Baumann, the executive whose company owns Caesars, Bally&aposs and Harrah&aposs. “It&aposs excruciatingly difficult to do that.”


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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Eager to hit the slot machines and table games after a 108-day absence, gamblers wore face masks and did without smoking and drinking Thursday as Atlantic City’s casinos reopened amid the coronavirus pandemic that has drastically changed things both inside and outside the casino walls.

Compliance with a series of anti-virus measures imposed by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy appeared to be nearly universal, at least in the early going. In 2 1/2 hours on the gambling floor of the Hard Rock casino, an Associated Press reporter did not see a single customer without a face mask. A few wore full face-covering hoods that extended to their chests.

Opening day crowds were small. The casinos are limited to no more than 25% of usual capacity, but that did not appear to be a problem Thursday morning. Patrons for the most part observed social distancing guidelines as well, helped along by plexiglass dividers between seats at card, craps and roulette tables, and slot machines turned off at certain intervals to create distance between players.

“It’s great to be back,” said Tony Revaman of Atlantic City, who visited the casinos at least twice a week before they shut down March 16. “Only thing is: you can’t smoke. I’m a smoker and I’m trying to find some way around this.”

Others were fine with doing whatever would let them gamble as quickly as possible.

“Accept, adapt and have fun,” said Mike McLaughlin of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. “I’m a gambler this is what I do.”

“We’re ready to hit it up, go big and hit it hard, and bring home cash,” said his friend, Johnny Solis, also of Willow Grove, as he slipped off his sneaker and pulled out a damp wad of $1,000 in cash. “It’s time to go spend this.”

Five of the nine casinos — Hard Rock, Ocean, Resorts, Tropicana and Golden Nugget — reopened their doors Thursday morning, the first day New Jersey allowed them to. Three others, Caesars, Bally’s and Harrah’s, will reopen Friday, after allowing their highest rollers a one-day head start Thursday.

Only the Borgata, the city’s top-performing casino, will remain shut. It quickly decided to scrap its planned reopening after Murphy canceled permission for indoor dining in the state, and imposed smoking and drinking bans on the casinos. The Borgata has not set a reopening date.


What Casinos Elsewhere in the US are Doing

A few parent companies of Atlantic City casinos have already reopened in other jurisdictions. The protocols in other jurisdictions give some indication of what to expect when Atlantic City casinos reopen.

Buffets, bars, live entertainment, and valet parking were not included in Caesars Entertainment’s reopening in Las Vegas. Masks are required for casino workers, who are also tested for COVID-19. Guests are encouraged, but not required, to wear face coverings.

CDC recommendations for social distancing also apply, and Caesars has increased cleaning at every one of its casinos across the country. Temperature screenings for both guests and workers, gaming table capacity limits, plastic shields, and fewer slot machines are also in place.

However, New Jersey COVID-19 casino protocols are likely to be different since the Northeast was harder hit by the novel coronavirus. When Atlantic City casinos reopen, the restrictions are likely to be more strict.

“Every gaming market is different, and we can fine-tune our protocols for Atlantic City casinos versus what works in other jurisdictions,” commented Terry Glebocki, CEO of Ocean Casino Resort.

If Atlantic City casinos reopen with the right protocols, they will use what works in other jurisdictions incorporating the protocols that work best.

David Schwartz, associate vice provost at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and former director of the university’s Center for Gaming Research, observed that Atlantic City properties could use their reopening as a good opportunity to reintroduce themselves to their guests.

“In Las Vegas, that’s meant casinos giving up paid parking and some have removed their resort fees,” said Schwartz. “When Atlantic City casinos reopen, they can use the opportunity to do the same. Atlantic City should also capitalize on the continued travel restrictions. There are a lot of people within driving distance to Atlantic City that may not want to fly right now. If they like what they see when they drive to an Atlantic City casino, they’ll keep coming back.”


Casino Association of New Jersey and AtlantiCare to Develop Comprehensive Plan to Reopen Atlantic City Casinos

Casino industry is developing comprehensive reopening plans when New Jersey’s stay-at-home order is lifted.

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Atlantic City – The Casino Association of New Jersey (CANJ) and AtlantiCare today announced their collaboration to develop a comprehensive plan to safely reopen Atlantic City casino properties when New Jersey’s stay-at-home order is lifted. The plan is being developed by CANJ in consultation with AtlantiCare to assist the Murphy Administration and regulators in thoughtfully developing comprehensive reopening plans that prioritize the safety and well-being of employees, guests and the community at-large.

“AtlantiCare is pleased to partner with the Casino Association of New Jersey to formulate a plan to safely reopen Atlantic City casinos to employees and guests,” said Lori Herndon, President and CEO, AtlantiCare.“The COVID-19 pandemic has not only threatened our health and safety, it has also threatened the stability of Atlantic City’s gaming and tourism industry, the industry’s workforce and families, and our state and local economies. The Atlantic City gaming industry is a cornerstone of the entire South Jersey economy and reopening it safely at the right time, along with rest of our shore and regional businesses, must be our shared priority.” Advertisements

AtlantiCare will provide resources to assist and collaborate with CANJ in the weeks and months ahead. The health system will: share regional healthcare metrics, data, and forecasts provide guidance on CANJ’s reopening protocols provide information about the effectiveness of protocols and best practices AtlantiCare adopted within its own health system and assist with potential collaboration with other healthcare industry partners in ways that might benefit New Jersey’s casino industry in addressing COVID-19 on an ongoing basis.

“We are grateful for the support and partnership from AtlantiCare as we devise a safe reopening strategy for the Atlantic City casino industry,” said Steve Callender, president of the Casino Association of New Jersey. “At the Casino Association of New Jersey, our greatest priority is the health and safety of our employees, guests and fellow residents. We want Atlantic City to be ready to open as soon as the government determines it is appropriate to do so. That is why we are working with our regional healthcare provider to develop a comprehensive plan that ensures our properties are prepared and ready to reopen when the stay-at-home order is lifted.”

Callender went on to say that the Atlantic City casino industry is closely monitoring government policy changes, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, government mandates, and public health advancements and will continue to make changes as necessary or appropriate to industry protocols and procedures. “We will continue to refine and update the plan as local and state mandates evolve, and our experts provide us with more guidance.”

The Atlantic City casino properties will continue to comply with, or exceed, local or state-imposed mandates, restrictions and occupancy limits.


Atlantic City casinos reopen after Covid-19 shutdown

New Jersey’s Governor Phil Murphy last month announced that casinos would be permitted to recommence activities from July 2, at a maximum capacity of 25% for the time being.

Casinos have been closed since March 16 as part of a ban on gatherings of up to 50 people in the state, in an effort to slow the spread of Covid-19.

The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Ocean Casino Resort, Resorts Casino Hotel, Tropicana Atlantic City and Golden Nugget Atlantic City have all advertised as opening today.

Caesars Palace Atlantic City, Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel and Casino, and Harrah’s Atlantic City have announced they will reopen to customers from tomorrow.

However, MGM Resorts’ Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, Atlantic City’s only other bricks and mortar casino, will remain closed for the foreseeable future after Governor Murphy this week postponed the reopening of indoor dining.

Governor Murphy said the current restrictions would remain in place as surges of Covid-19 cases in other states across the US were partly driven by the return of indoor dining.

“Our guests expect a special experience when they come to our property and if we cannot provide that level of hospitality, we feel it best that we remain closed until such time that the Governor lets us know it is safe to offer food and beverage,” the operator explained.

“The health and safety of our employees and guests are at the centre of all that we do, and we regret that, at this time, we are unable to welcome back the thousands of employees who are anxious to return to work.”

Governor Murphy’s ruling means that indoor dining will be prohibited at all casinos, though takeaway items and packaged goods will be available in some from. Casinos will be allowed to reopen outdoor dining areas.

However, despite this late change in restrictions, Tilman Fertitta, the owner and chief executive of Golden Nugget Casinos, said the reopening of casinos, even at limited capacity, is a “step in the right direction”.

“We are following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state and regulatory guidelines and taking all the prudent and essential measures to maintain a safe and clean environment for our guests and employees,” Fertitta said.


N.J. casinos readying to reopen

A worker at the Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, N.J., installs a sign earlier this month about slot machines being sanitized to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. (AP/Wayne Parry)

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Atlantic City's top casino won't be opening its doors to the general public until July 6, four days after most of its competition.

The Borgata tells The Associated Press it will host an invitation-only trial period starting July 2 -- the first day Atlantic City casinos can reopen.

But the general public will have to wait until 10 a.m. on July 6 to get in.

The Borgata is taking advantage of a "friends and family" period authorized by the state and announced Monday by Gov. Phil Murphy. The Democratic governor set July 2 as the first date that Atlantic City's nine casinos can reopen, but also gave them the option to do what is known in the industry as a "soft opening" by having invitation-only days, during which the casino can assess its new procedures and see how well they are working in the new environment.

Murphy plans to release detailed health and safety regulations for the casinos this week, but he has already said that casinos will reopen at 25% capacity, and anyone who enters a casino -- visitors and employees alike -- will be required to wear a mask and undergo some level of health screening.

"If any visitor refuses to comply with these simple safeguards, you will be escorted out of the casino," the governor said. "We are not going to tolerate any knuckleheads trying to ruin it for those who want to enjoy themselves responsibly and those who need to get back to work, especially if those knuckleheads could be spreading Covid."

"When we reopen our doors, we do so with excitement to welcome back our employees and guests, and with an unwavering commitment to their health and safety," said Melonie Johnson, the Borgata's new president.

The casino said not all of its amenities will be open right away. It plans to phase some of them in over the coming weeks as it becomes evident how business levels and customer compliance with health and safety regulations are unfolding.

In a Twitter post, Murphy also said indoor dining can resume July 2, with restaurants also operating at 25% capacity. And racetracks can resume operating July 2 as well.

The city's casinos have been waiting for a reopening date for weeks, even as casinos in other states reopened.

"We're delighted to get the reopening date," said Joe Lupo, president of the Hard Rock casino. "We thank the governor that we'll be able to be open for the July 4th weekend to meet the demand on the world-famous Atlantic City Boardwalk."

Many of the casinos have been planning on their own for a reopening, and have adopted measures including increased hand sanitizers and social distancing to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.

But some were planning more stringent measures than others. For example, Hard Rock was the first to say it would require masks to be worn by all employees and guests. Other casinos had planned to recommend mask use for guests, but now will have to require them.

Lupo said he is confident that what Hard Rock was planning on its own will meet -- and probably exceed -- whatever standards the state imposes.

"Our air filtration is better than most hospitals," he said.

He also said the casino's player database will be able to assist health authorities with any contact tracing that may become necessary.

"With 85% of our customers being rated, we can provide details on when they played, for how long, which beverage servers were in the vicinity, which room they stayed in, where they ate," he said.

Resorts Casinos plans to use air ionization and ultraviolet light as part of its sterilization protocols, and every other slot machine will be disabled to keep guests separated.

Atlantic City's casinos have been shut since March 16, and revenue has plunged since then.

The casinos had been informally planning to be open in time for the July 4 weekend, a goal Murphy had said he wanted to meet several weeks ago. The holiday is one of the busiest times of the year for Atlantic City casinos.

"In the past two years Atlantic City's casinos made 30% of their total net revenue for the year in the third quarter, so the next three months are crucial for them to regain some financial stability," said Jane Bokunewicz, coordinator of the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute for Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism at Stockton University.


Reopening Atlantic City Casinos Will Take Time, Says Governor Murphy

There was a time when Atlantic City seemed on the brink of collapse. Several of the major casinos here were forced to permanently close their doors. A huge number of residents ended up losing their jobs.

Over the past five years, however, things began to turn around. More tourists began flocking to this city. New casinos started opening their doors. With sports betting now legal, Atlantic City grew to become a hub for sports fans around the country.

The past few months have undone much of the progress that was made here. Unsurprisingly, many are now calling for the reopening of Atlantic City casinos. Governor Murphy spoke about the situation this week and claims it will take more time than most had hoped.

“It’s a huge game-changer in our economy and in the lives of literally tens of thousands of people out there,” Murphy said. “I would love nothing more to say we’re ready to go. We’re just not there yet.”

The Governor could not confirm whether it would be weeks or months before casinos in AC are given permission to open up again. He acknowledges it’s an incredibly difficult situation. Some feel he may begin to change his mind after seeing the progress that cities like Las Vegas are making, though.


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Atlantic City casinos welcomed gamblers for the first time in almost four months on Thursday, but the seaside city famous for not enforcing Prohibition couldn’t let its guests drink on the casino floors.

The booze ban was one of several state restrictions that casinos complied with to open during the coronavirus pandemic. Gamblers wore masks and were separated by empty seats or acrylic glass partitions. No one could smoke, eat, or drink on the casino floor.

The casinos were limited to 25% capacity, too, but that wasn’t a problem. Social distancing was easy, as some customers had entire rows of slots or tables to themselves Thursday morning at Hard Rock Hotel Casino. There was hardly any talking among mesmerized slot machine players.

“Obviously it will be lighter than normal. This is usually a busy weekend,” said Joe Lupo, president of the Hard Rock in Atlantic City. “I think people are going to try it out, test us out, see what it’s like.”

Hard Rock checked customers’ temperatures as they entered, installed 200 hand sanitizer dispensers, and hired a Gene Simmons impersonator who wore a mask that prevented him from sticking out the iconic tongue.

Five of the city’s nine casinos — Hard Rock, Ocean, Resorts, Tropicana, and Golden Nugget — opened Thursday. Three more — Caesars, Bally’s and Harrah’s — will open Friday. Borgata, the city’s market leader, will stay closed. Borgata reversed plans to reopen after Gov. Phil Murphy canceled permission to allow indoor dining, further disrupting an industry that has seen its revenues plummet during the pandemic.

The other casinos offered outdoor dining and takeout options. Ocean Casino Resort, for example, allowed the Mad Dog Morgans food truck to sell its buffalo tenders, cheesesteaks, and burgers outside its entrance.

Ocean also had a mobile bar set up outside in a food truck. So patrons could load up and carry open containers onto most of the Boardwalk, thanks to a temporary measure the city passed for the pandemic.

Terrell Carter, 23, and his girlfriend, Jessica Dansereau, 21, had already booked their trip to Atlantic City when they heard the indoor meals were put on ice. But they were still glad they came all the way from North Providence, R.I., to celebrate Carter’s birthday in Hard Rock.

“A lot of things are closed. We were kind of discouraged yesterday,” Dansereau said. “Today it’s more lively and a lot more things are open.”

Over at Ocean Casino Resort, Joe Arnashus played the first hand of blackjack in 108 days at the casino. The 54-year-old won $55. The Toms River, N.J., resident went on to win the next two hands before his luck ran out, and he went on a losing streak.

“It’s a start. These poor guys have been out of work for 3½ months,” Arnashus said. “I’m sure they’re happy to be back. We’re happy to be back playing. And we’ll see how it goes.”

Unite Here Local 54, the union representing roughly 9,000 casino workers, said 20% to 30% of members got their jobs back as a result of the reopenings. Donna DeCaprio, the union’s financial secretary and treasurer, said some of the union’s members don’t think the casino safety protocols go far enough.

A spokesperson for the Casino Association of New Jersey said casinos were complying with state rules to do health screens, keep a 25% capacity limit, and erect acrylic glass barriers on many table games.

State shutdown orders and the suspension of many sports have devastated Atlantic City casinos. Gaming revenue across the market was down nearly 69% in April and 65% in May, according to the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.

The inability to eat, drink, or smoke on the casino floor didn’t bother gamblers interviewed by The Inquirer. But at least one person found a way around the drinking prohibition.

“It hasn’t been a problem,” said a man in his early 20s while shaking an orange juice bottle that smelled like something stronger.


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