Three casinos in Central New York have oepned their doors to guests.
They lined up early for an 8 a.m. opening of the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, Yellow Brick Road Casino in Chittenango and Point Place Casino in Bridgeport.
Dan Jones, a spokesperson for the Oneida Nation owned facilities said that reopening was conducted in coordination with public health officials.
“It’s all about keeping our guests, our employees and the local community safe,” Jones said.
The following restrictions are in place at the facility:
- Facilities will only be limited to people who travel from within 120 miles.
- Guests will be given hand sanitizer upon entering.
- Guests will have their photographs taken upon entering.
- There are no concerts or shows in any of the facilities.
- Every guest and employee must wear a face covering.
- Employees are also required to wear gloves when they have direct contact with guests.
- Social distancing will also be enforced.
- Enhanced cleaning procedures will also take place.
These facilities in Central New York join those in Western New York, which have recently announced opening plans. Meanwhile, non-Native facilities like del Lago Resort & Casino are still awaiting guidance from New York State on when they can reopen. Native-owned facilities are not subject to state guidance, which allowed them to reopen ahead of time.
Last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo noted that casinos are not part of any phase of reopening at this time.