Pending regulatory approval, gaming operator Boyd Gaming has announced that it plans to reopen seven casino properties in Mississippi and Louisiana, and MGM Resorts International has announced the reopening of New York-New York and the Bellagio.
The announcements from two leading casino operators, are the first in the United States as the country looks to reopen for business in a number of industries shuttered by Covid-19.
In addition, MGM has had a major shift in strategy as it announced that patrons will be able to park their vehicles for free at its properties in Las Vegas for the foreseeable future.
The firm stated:
“MGM Resorts is updating many of our offerings as we prepare to welcome guests back, and that includes implementing free parking. We couldn’t be more excited to open our doors and get back to doing what we do best.”
Boyd Gaming’s announcement came after much anticipation in regards to the date of opening and firm has stated that it will be on Wednesday 20th May 2020 that it reopens Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel, Delta Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel and Treasure Chest Casino in the Bayou State.
The company, who’s properties have been closed state-wide due to imposed Coronavirus prevention measures, has planned a phased reopening as Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall and IP Casino Resort Spa in Mississippi are expected to reopen the following day and additional establishments Sam’s Town Shreveport and Amelia Belle Casino the following week.
Boyd Gaming said:
“As we begin the process of reopening our properties nationwide, the health and safety of our customers, our team members and our communities will be our highest priority. Across the country, we are implementing comprehensive safety protocols approved by local, state and federal health officials. We are optimistic that we will be able to reopen most of our properties over the next several weeks, and we look forward to offering our guests a safe and enjoyable entertainment experience.”
The casino industry, upon reopening, will look very different than what it did pre-lockdown and customers can expect to see casino staff wearing face coverings, temperature checks at venues, social distancing measures, including capacity caps, extended cleaning protocols of surfaces and machines and hand sanitizer dispensers inside casino floors.