Governor Andrew Cuomo announced during a conference call on Thursday that casinos in New York will be allowed to open on September 9th.
They will be restricted at 25% capacity, and must install advanced air filtration systems.
Local officials initially said that table games would not be allowed, the Governor followed-up on this point — noting that they would only be allowed if barriers were installed in-between players at any given table.
A series of rallies had been held in recent weeks calling for commercial gaming facilities to be reopened. They contended that given Native American-owned facilities opening, and operating without any known outbreaks for the last two months, provided room for New York to loosen restriction on operation.
A rally was held celebrating the Governor’s announcement in Seneca County.
The following statement was released by Lance Young, General Manager of del Lago Resort & Casino:
“del Lago Resort & Casino is ready to open safely. We have comprehensive safety guidelines, known as our EXTRA CARE Program, to ensure the welfare of every guest and team member. del Lago Resort & Casino applauds Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Gaming Commission for their leadership during the COVID-19 crisis, and we are thankful for their partnership in preparation to welcome back our team and guests. We look forward to opening our doors and bringing back economic benefits to the Finger Lakes.”
FingerLakes1.com will have more on this announcement, as well as the event held at the County Office Building later in the day.