Eight of 9 Atlantic City casinos reopened final Thursday for the primary time since New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy ordered them closed in March to stem the unfold of coronavirus, although things look and feel much different nowadays.
State guidelines restrict occupancy to 25 p.c and indoor eating places and bars are nonetheless closed. Cocktails aren’t allowed on the playing flooring and neither is smoking. Food and drinks are additionally prohibited.
Face masks are obligatory.
“No booze? No one’s coming,” Bob McDevitt, president of a on line casino workers union, advised the Associated Press final week. “I really don’t even think they should open. Why would they?”
Some casinos put in plexiglass limitations and are checking temperatures of individuals getting into the services.
But persons are coming.
“Casinos are dark,” Richard Edward Smrkovsky, 65, told NorthJersey.com. “My life is serious. My son died in 2004. My wife committed suicide eight months after that. I’m looking to re-start my life again. It’s hard. I came here because I wanted a little break.”
Of the 9 casinos in Atlantic City, eight reopened final week: Hard Rock, Ocean, Resorts, Tropicana, Golden Nugget, Caesars, Bally’s and Harrah’s.