Churchill Downs Casinos Reopening This Week in 5 States
Five casinos operated by Churchill Downs Inc., each in a different state, will reopen by June 19, the company announced.
All of the casinos were closed in March amid concern over the coronavirus pandemic. Every commercial casino in the United States closed around the same time, but many have started reopening in recent weeks.
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The CDI casinos that are set to reopen, with their planned dates, are:
- Calder Casino, Miami Gardens, Florida (June 12)
- Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin, Farmington, Pennsylvania (June 12)
- Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, New Orleans, Louisiana (June 13)
- Miami Valley Gaming, Lebanon, Ohio (June 19)
- Ocean Downs Casino, Berlin, Maryland (June 19)
Two Churchill Downs casinos in Mississippi, Riverwalk Casino Hotel in Vicksburg and Harlow’s Casino Resort & Spa in Greenville, have already reopened. So has Derby City Gaming, the company’s historical racing machine property in Louisville, Kentucky, the city that hosts the Kentucky Derby at the Churchill Downs track and CDI headquarters.
Churchill Downs Casino Reopening Progress
With the five casinos set to reopen, CDI will have 70% of its casinos nationwide in action. The company’s 12 off-track betting locations in Louisiana opened on May 18.
”With these five anticipated property reopenings, CDI will have seven of our 10 gaming properties, as well as Derby City Gaming, back in operation across the country,” Churchill Downs Inc. CEO Bill Carstanjen said in a company release. “We are grateful to our teams who have ensured smooth, safe and successful reopenings over the past month and to our returning guests who have enthusiastically adapted to new protocols.”
Like casinos around the country, such as the famous ones in Nevada, the five CDI facilities must have new safety measures in place to comply with regulations designed to halt the spread of COVID-19.
Those new measures include frequent cleaning and sanitizing in high-traffic areas or on frequently touched surfaces, mandatory temperature checks for all employees and patrons, hand sanitizers and reduced capacity. Each facility must operate at the capacity mandated by their respective states or local jurisdictions.
CDI’s announcement came on the heels of an announcement by Twin River Holdings that its casinos nationwide were also set to reopen in late May and early June.
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