Borgata to Delay Public Reopening Until July 6th
As casinos in Atlantic City are set to reopen on Thursday, July 2nd, following a three month-long shutdown due to COVID-19, the city's top gaming hall has decided it will wait a few more days.
In a statement on its website, Borgata says they, "...will reopen to the general public at 10:00am on Monday, July 6 following its closure earlier this year amidst the coronavirus crisis."
Between July 2nd and their public reopening, Borgata will host invitation-only events to make sure all of their safety measures are operating as best as possible.
"We are proud to be part of this resilient community that has remained strong and caring during these challenging months. When we reopen our doors, we do so with excitement to welcome back our employees and guests, and with an unwavering commitment to their health and safety,” said Melonie Johnson, President of Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, in a press release. "Summer is a special time in Atlantic City, and we look forward to playing a part in offering some much-needed entertainment."
On Monday, Gov. Murphy announced casinos could reopen on Thursday, July 2nd, just in time for the big 4th of July weekend but only at 25 percent of operating capacity.
Casinos in Atlantic City closed on the night of March 16th as the coronavirus pandemic began to spread across our region. The closures resulted in tens of thousands of casino workers becoming unemployed with massive traffic jams surrounding food distribution events for workers. Drone footage was recorded during the shutdown which showed eerily empty streets in a normally-hectic gambling town.
As other businesses started to reopen across New Jersey, casinos in Atlantic City began to formulate plans on how they would handle reopening once they were given a green light from Murphy.