Although initially decided to wait to reopen until the New Jersey Government rolled back its latest restrictions on food, drink and smoking bans at Atlantic City casinos, Borgata announced it would open its doors on July 26, according to the local ABC affiliate.
Nine Atlantic City casinos were allowed to reopen on July 2, but a few days earlier, Murphy implemented those restrictions amid a second wave of COVID-19 cases in the area. Along with the ban, casinos are only allowed to operate at 25 percent capacity.
Eight of the nine casinos decided to open within days of being allowed, but Borgata, the city’s best-selling casino to visit MADUQQ, decided to remain closed until the restrictions were lifted. With the opening of Borgata, the city’s entire brick-and-mortar gaming market will be open for business for the first time since Murphy shut down the industry March 16th.
After pushing back the opening, Borgata opted to increase its outdoor dining options, which made financial sense to announce a reopening date.
“Following the Governor’s directive to delay indoor dining, we are taking a step back to reassess the reopening date to ensure we can safely provide our guests with the world-class experience they expect from us,” said Melonie Johnson, president and chief operating officer. Borgata in a statement.
Borgata will have a soft opening July 23rd and open its doors to the general public three days later.
The shutdown pushes brick-and-mortar game revenue, and any subsequent tax revenue it gets from it, to zero. However, in recent months, online casinos have taken some leeway and scored a lot of record revenue during the closure.
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