The coronavirus is now proclaimed by the WHO a global pandemic, and many places where there’s high-traffic of people are trying their best to keep the areas sanitary and virus-free. One such place is Atlantic City, whose casino operators do all they can to minimize the risk for their customers.
Apart from taking drastic cleaning measures, the operators are providing visitors with valid information on how to protect themselves from COVID-19.
MGM Resorts International currently operates Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in AC, and its officials issued a statement regarding the situation. They said that the company actively communicated with the CDC and getting guidance from the organization to take appropriate prevention measures.
One of the cleaning protocols that has become active in Borgata includes placing hand sanitizers in high-traffic areas. The property encourages visitors to partake in increased disinfectant procedures.
According to the statement, Borgata workers will continue to follow the CDC advice regarding the safety measures and monitor the situation closely for further updates.
Other Casinos Also Follow the CDC Guidelines
Executive Vice President and General Manager of Golden Nugget Atlantic City, Tom Pohlman, stated that they had taken “proactive measures to help minimize customer concerns.” According to him, the workers are sanitizing surfaces frequently, especially in areas that are experiencing high traffic.
Moreover, Golden Nugget now has hand sanitizers placed all over the place, and both visitors and staff are encouraged to have good hygiene practices. All employees who traveled in certain areas are encouraged to stay at home for at least 21 days before they decide to return to work.
All of the casinos in Atlantic City are actually actively implementing procedures to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. According to Jim McDonald, General Manager of Boardwalk Hall, the staff of the facility is working very hard to keep the entire place clean.
He commented on the cleaning process, stating that they are very thorough and that the staff will continue to do it, in addition to more cleaning rounds. McDonald stated that more than 30,000 people would pass through the facility in the upcoming weekend and that it was necessary for everyone to follow experts’ directions.
The virus started spreading in the state of New Jersey recently, as there were a total of 11 reported cases as of March 9. Later that afternoon, five additional cases were added to the list. Right now, the medical experts in the state are monitoring a total of 24 people as potential cases.
What caused slight panic among people of New Jersey and New York is that one of the confirmed cases is the head of Port Authority for New York and New Jersey. Moreover, Governor Cuomo himself stated that he may have contracted the virus himself while being at an airport.
Atlantic City is not the only gambling center that is currently taking serious measures to fight off the virus. The properties in Las Vegas also stepped up their cleaning procedures as soon as the first case of this virus appeared in Nevada.
Many casino operators decided to put disinfectant procedures in place, which include adding hand sanitizers everywhere — especially at gambling tables. Dealers and bartenders are required to clean the surfaces more often.
Apart from the disinfectant procedures, the entire country is shutting down some big gatherings to prevent the virus from spreading. As of Wednesday, NBA officials decided to cancel all games for the time being, which will definitely affect the sports betting industry up to a certain extent.