The Twin River Casino company announced that more of its casinos nationwide either have reopened or will reopen within days as facilities slowly get going again after being closed for months in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Concerns over the spread of COVID-19 and governmental reactions to the virus, including new social-distancing norms, forced every commercial casino in the United States to close within a matter of days in the middle of March.
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Many of the shuttered casinos are back up and running now. The reopenings are happening at different paces in different states and cities.
Twin River Worldwide Holdings owns and operates seven casinos and a horse racing track in the U.S. With the recent and upcoming reopenings, more than 90% of the company’s casinos will be back in operation, Twin River said in a news release issued Monday.
The Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, in Dover, Delaware, reopened on Monday. The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Biloxi in Biloxi, Mississippi, was the first Twin River facility to get back underway, opening its doors on May 21.
The company’s next casinos to open their doors again will be two in Rhode Island: The Twin River Casino Hotel in Lincoln and the Tiverton Casino Hotel in Tiverton. Both will reopen on June 8. Those two facilities are the only brick-and-mortar locations where sports betting is legal in Rhode Island.
At all Twin River facilities, as at casinos all around the country getting back in operation after the coronavirus-related closures, there are new safety measures in place to help stop the virus from spreading.
Among those measures is reduced capacity to help visitors adhere to social-distancing guidelines. The Dover Downs casino will be operating at just 30% capacity, with 950 video lottery terminal machines operating. At the company’s facilities in Rhode Island, there will be 1,570 VLTs at Twin River Casino and 375 at Tiverton available. Twin River said it was also implementing other health and safety guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) at its casinos.
”As evidenced by our successful reopening at Hard Rock Biloxi, there is strong market demand for which we are well-positioned as a regional gaming company focused on local and regional visitation,” George Papanier, Twin River President and CEO, said in the release. “I am thankful and excited to welcome back our valued team members and loyal customers to safe and secure environments that meet or exceed CDC guidance.”
Aside from its holdings in Delaware, Rhode Island and Mississippi, Twin River also owns three casinos in Colorado, all in Black Hawk: The Golden Gates Casino, Golden Gulch Casino and Mardi Gras Casino. Twin River also owns the Arapahoe Park horse racing track in Aurora, Colorado.
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