It has taken Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City more than four months to reopen, after it went into lockdown in a bid to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The resort is the last of the casinos to reopen in Atlantic City, as the other 8 casinos reopened in early July.
For a while it looked like the resort was going to reopen on July 6th. However, Borgata postponed its plans after authorities failed to allow indoor dining to take place in the state just yet. This restriction is still in place, but it looks like the resort isn’t pinning its hopes too high on a change in that area and announced a Thursday reopening.
“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,” noted Melonie Johnson, Borgata’s President and Chief Operating Officer.
“When we reopen, Borgata will introduce new outdoor dining experiences, as well as a convenient takeout program from several of our fine and casual dining outlets. We appreciate our guests’ and employees’ patience and understanding and look forward to welcoming them back.”
The Borgata has taken unprecedented steps to ensure that its players and staff remain safe in this new COVID-19 reality. The hotel is open at limited capacity, while its casino is operating at 25% capacity. For now, poker and valet parking services will not be available.
Other steps taken by the casino include:
- Face coverings to be worn by guests and employees at all times in public spaces.
- Workers and customers screened for virus symptoms, including body temperature.
- Social distancing enforced on the casino floor through the use of markers and barriers.
- Hand sanitization stations across the casino floor.
- The indoor swimming pool remains closed.
- Outdoor dining is available but not indoor due to the state’s restrictions.
- Takeout and in-room delivery services are being provided.