In response to emergence of thousands of new COVID-19 cases, California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered certain businesses, including cardrooms, to temporarily close down indoor operations in several counties of the country’s most populous state.
After remaining in the dark for 108 days due to COVID-19 lockdown, Atlantic City casinos are once again welcoming eager gamblers, thanks to New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s permission to reopen the facilities.
Wyomissing, Pennsylvania-headquartered Penn National Gaming Incorporated has recently announced the reopening of more than 70 per cent of its casinos following corona virus-induced shutdown, but thousands of its employees will likely not be around long enough to celebrate as the entertainment giant has warned of permanent layoffs.
Wind Creek Bethlehem has announced that its casino on the city's South Side will reopen its doors to the members of the general public on 29th of June, more than three months after it suspended operations to help mitigate the transmission of the deadly corona virus.
Wind Creek Bethlehem remains closed as Northampton County officials have yet to give green signal for its reopening, but the casino has plans to call all of its employees back to work in stages.
The confirmation of a positive case of the potentially deadly corona virus at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Southern California has triggered new concerns over public health safety, pushing many to predict that reopening of casinos could pave way for another wave of the deadly transmissions.
Continuing to struggle in the wake of the COVID-19 shutdown, Wynn Resorts’ Macau hotel and casino business is suffering a loss of nearly $2 million per day with revenue down 97.6 per cent in the first two months of the second quarter of the current fiscal year.
Illinois Gaming Board has released a series of guidelines for casinos to follow and implement before resuming operations, with special emphasis on deep cleaning and social distancing protocols.
June 29th seems to be the earliest possible date for Massachusetts’s casinos, including Encore Boston Harbor, to resume operations as the state will soon enter the Phase 2 of reopening plan, with phase 3 scheduled to start late this month.
Hong Kong and Macau authorities are working on a “travel bubble” that would allow residents of the Chinese Special Administrative Regions (SARs) to travel freely between the two territories without the need for a fourteen-day quarantine on both ends.