Wind Creek’s Alabama Casinos Opens Doors To Patrons
The Poarch Band of Creek Indians decided to shut down its casinos mid-March to help prevent the spread of the deadly virus.
The operators announced the reopening last month and opened its doors Wednesday, June 10. The operators revealed that they would operate with limited capacity. The company plans to limit the number of guests in the gambling facilities. They will only allow one-third of its actual capacity to enter the casino.
The reopening followed the resume of businesses in other states. On Thursday, Las Vegas began welcoming people in its casinos. The casinos had lesser guests compared to their normal operations during the first days of the reopening. The place became livelier during the weekends.
New measures in place
Social distancing protocols were observed during the reopening. The Wind Creek employees ensured the hygiene and sanitation of the whole casinos. Gaming machines were regularly cleaned and sanitized. Employees and guests are mandated to wear masks at all times on the casino floor.
Additional safety and health protocols will be adopted in the casinos. The casino will also limit the number of people in its games and assured to impose strict social distancing protocols at all times.
The casino plans to open its doors in four sessions every day. The staff will clean the gaming machines between every session. According to Jay Dorris, CEO and President of the company, they will not require players to make reservations, but they are willing to offer it if wanted by the gamblers.
Wind Creeks’ properties in Pennsylvania, Bethlehem remains closed
The company revealed that its properties in Pennsylvania and Bethlehem would remain closed as they focus on the opening in Alabama. Its properties in the two locations shutdown since mid-March, following government mandate.
The company purchased its properties in Bethlehem in 2019 from Las Vegas Sands for $1.3 billion. The company revealed its plan to develop the gambling venue by adding a new $90-million hotel to the gaming facility. The new hotel can accommodate a large number of people in its 276-rooms and a 42,000 square feet meeting space.
The operator also planned on developing its No.2 Machine Shop into a $250-million adventure water park and hotel.
Two Pennsylvanian gambling facilities, Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh and the Meadows Racetrack & Casino announced their plans to reopen on Tuesday, June 9. Governor Tom Wolf revealed its three-phase reopening plan. Its third phase will lift all restrictions and allow non-essential businesses to resume operations. The casinos will continue operations in the third phase of the reopening.
The Wind Creek CEO announced in April that they plan to continue to consult experts, regulators, and government agencies about the reopening.
The company plans to ensure the safety of everyone through a smart and measured approach. The assured that best judgment would be used in deciding the reopening to protect the lives of everyone.
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