Atlantic City Casinos Reopening With A Lot of Rules

Atlantic City casinos are permitted to reopen on Thursday after more than three months of being closed to coronavirus. However, it comes with a caveat: Per a directive from New Jersey governor Phil Murphy, smoking, drinking, and eating will not be allowed inside the casinos. Thus, the casinos are of the belief that there will not be many customers.

“No booze? No one’s coming,” a casino employee union president told the AP. “I really don’t even think they should open. Why would they?”

The logic of the rules is actually pretty easy to understand. You can’t eat, drink, or smoke with a mask on (though we did see someone try to smoke with one on in a viral video from Vegas). With congregating inside, masks are vital to preventing the spread of the virus. But, Atlantic City has tried to bar smoking in casinos before; that effort lasted under three weeks as it was disastrous for the casinos’ finances. I can’t even imagine what no drinking would do.

I went to the Horseshoe in Indiana last weekend. While there was no requirement for masks, about 90 percent of people were wearing them. Those who weren’t were generally … smoking, drinking, or eating. I’m presuming that Atlantic City is opening with very strict regulations that they will at least somewhat relax in relatively short order. Socially distanced sections that allow for everything presently banned would seem attainable. Between now and then, expect to see reports of scant customers.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.

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