June 24, 2020 Casino, Poker, Land-Based

No roulette, craps or poker when MA casinos reopen


The Massachusetts Gaming Commission approved a set of requirements for the future opening of its three casinos.

When Massachusetts casinos reopen in Phase 3 of Gov. Charlie Baker’s reopening plan, it will be without roulette, craps and poker until further notice.

With a 5-0 vote at its Tuesday meeting, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission approved a set of requirements for the state's three casinos, which have been shuttered since March due to COVID-19.

It is unclear when the three casinos will be allowed to reopen, though, as the state is currently in Phase 2 of its reopening plan.

Encore Boston Harbor, MGM Springfield, and Plainridge Park will see its capacity reduced to about 25% according to the commission.

Players at the slot machines will be socially distanced as every other slot machine will be turned off and have its chair removed. Open chairs and machines will be sanitized at least every four hours.

In gambling settings where a minimum six feet of physical distance can’t be ensured, like blackjack, six-foot-tall Plexiglas barriers will be installed to divide dealers and players.

Casinos will be required to make hand sanitizer available as well, most likely at stations located throughout the gaming floor. The casinos are also encouraged to further screen guests by conducting temperature checks.

Other requirements include complying with all guidance and protocols from every level of government and their agencies, developing a communication plan to inform guests of COVID-19 precautions, designating separate entry and exit points, and reminding guests of safe practices with signage.

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