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.
The popular gambling and entertainment facility has been closed since 15th of March, after federal and Pennsylvania state authorities issued ‘stay-at-home” orders as part of their efforts to control the COVID-19 pandemic that originated in China and gradually spread to Europe and United States, killing thousands of people.
Pennsylvania state officials are expected to allow more than a dozen counties to enter the green phase of the state’s re-opening plan on coming Friday. It may be noted here that all non-essential businesses, including casinos, are not allowed to resume operations until the area, in which they are situated, enters the green phase of the reopening plan.
The state authorities’ decision to allow casinos to reopen later this month has been warmly welcomed by casino operators and executives. Kathy McCracken, general manager for Wind Creek Bethlehem, said they were excited at the announcement as the reopening will help their team members, their families as well as the communities.
When asked for a comment, McCracken said, “We are thrilled to announce the reopening of our property on June 29. Wind Creek Hospitality has crafted a reopening plan that includes utilizing a gaming reservation system. This will help our team manage appropriate capacity in the building as well as providing a way to continuously clean the gaming floor throughout the day."
A number of health safety measures will be in place at the gambling facility. Arrangements will be made for temperature checks for all team members and guests; cloth masks/face coverings will be mandatory for all; the entire property will be repeatedly cleaned and sanitized; and high-traffic areas like registration desks and lobbies will be marked off to help people maintain proper distancing from others. Visitors who will not bring a face mask will be able to acquire one at the facility for a small fee. In addition, the casino will arrange special training on safety and disinfection protocols for its staff.
Revealing the facility’s reopening plans, Wind Creek Hospitality President and Chief Executive Officer Jay Dorris said that reservations are available for patrons who may wish to visit the facility on a given day and time. The system of reservation will be open to the general public starting Wednesday this week through the casino's official website. However, Dorris stressed that reservation is not compulsory.