Harrah’s New Orleans Casino, the only land-based commercial gambling and entertainment venue in Louisiana, has confirmed that it will reopen its doors to the public on coming Saturday, June 13th, following months-long COVID-19 pandemic caused shutdown.
The casino confirmed its reopening date after New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced that the city would enter her business reopening plan’s second phase, in which non-essential businesses like casinos would be able to welcome back team members and guests. Starting this weekend, gaming facilities like Harrah’s New Orleans and Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, could reopen but with capacity curtails and a string of safeguards.
Harrah’s New Orleans’ managers confirmed that the facility would start welcoming back guests at 10 a.m. this Saturday, albeit at 25 per cent capacity. In a tweet, Harrah’s New Orleans wrote that they could not wait to reopen.
Announcing the facility’s reopening date and to-be-available amenities, Harrah’s New Orleans tweeted, “Lodging, dining, slots, and table games will be available with social distancing measures in place. We can’t wait to welcome you back!”
The popular gaming facility, which is owned and operated by Caesars Entertainment Corporation, was forced to temporarily suspend its gaming operations on 17th of March after Louisiana’s Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards issued “stay-at-home” order to help curb the potentially deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
Louisiana, specifically New Orleans, was hit really very hard by the corona virus pandemic. In the Pelican State, more than 44,000 people tested positive for COVID-19, and nearly 3,000 of them lost their lives. The Orleans Parish, which is home to New Orleans, reported 7,279 positive COVID-19 test results.
In a bid to prevent a second wave of the potentially deadly COVID-19 transmissions, Harrah’s New Orleans Casino is making arrangements to allow visitors maintain proper physical distancing; table games will come with decreased seating capacity; while poker will remain suspended for some more weeks to come. Prior to the outbreak of deadly disease, Harrah’s entertainment venue featured nearly 100 table games and as many as 1,500 slot machines.
In addition, arrangements will be made for temperature screenings for employees as well as visitors, who will also be asked to wear face masks. The facility is enhancing its cleaning and sanitization protocols as well. To cater to smokers, the facility will offer three climate-controlled gaming patios where smoking will be permitted.