Borgata customers looking forward to visiting their favorite casino on July 2 are going to have to wait a little bit longer.
But the good news is, not much longer.
The MGM-owned property announced it will be reopening to the general public at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 6.
So yes, it will be after the Fourth of July weekend.
Borgata shared the details of its reopening plans Tuesday morning via a press release.
In preparation for the big day, the property is hosting an invitation-only event that will take place prior to the public reopening.
Melonie Johnson, president of Borgata, commented about the plans:
“We are proud to be part of this resilient community that has remained strong and caring during these challenging months. When we reopen our doors, we do so with excitement to welcome back our employees and guests, and with an unwavering commitment to their health and safety. Summer is a special time in Atlantic City, and we look forward to playing a part in offering some much-needed entertainment.”
Borgata is hyping up the big day via social media. But why the delay?
Murphy said Atlantic City casinos can reopen July 2
Loyal Atlantic City casino customers have been anxiously waiting for Gov. Phil Murphy to announce an official reopening date.
And after several weeks of hinting and guessing, that official date was announced as July 2. As expected, there will be limited capacity at AC casinos, and health guidelines will be strictly enforced:
BREAKING: On Thursday, July 2nd:
?Casinos may reopen – operating at 25% capacity
?️Indoor dining may resume – limited at first to 25% capacity
Additional health and safety guidance will be released within the next several days. pic.twitter.com/b4jY2fR3sp
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) June 22, 2020
Additional updates are expected in the coming days. But Murphy also noted that casinos do not have to open on July 2.
Some casinos may only open for “friends, family and loyal customers” to test the new protocols, Murphy said on Monday.
And that is what Borgata is doing. The delay means that the casino can host a soft reopening.
MGM as a company has been busy preparing for the big day nationwide. Casinos on the Las Vegas Strip are implementing the same seven-point safety plan. Five of the casinos there have reopened, with two more openings expected by July 1.
Borgata’s delay is interesting in that the casino will, for all intents and purposes, be missing out on a big holiday weekend.
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A closer look at Borgata’s plans
While the guidelines are the same across the MGM network, Borgata in Atlantic City is doing a few things differently.
Here is a look at what Borgata guests can expect:
- To promote social distancing, every other slot machine will be disabled.
- Polycarbonate barriers have been installed at many of the table games.
- Poker will not be offered during the first phase of reopening.
- The self-parking garage will be open; the surface parking lot will remain closed.
- Valet parking will not be available at this time.
The parking situation means all guests will arrive at the same entrance.
And in terms of dining, guests will utilize digital innovations such as QR codes for menus and text messaging for reservations.
Here is a list of the dining outlets that will be reopening:
- Angeline by Michael Symon
- Old Homestead
- Moneyline Bar & Book
- Borgata Beer Garden
- Bread + Butter
- Borgata Baking Company
- The Marketplace
Notice that the list does not include the Borgata Buffet.
Booking a hotel room at Borgata
Guests looking to book an extended stay at Borgata can now do so.
And this time around, they will not have to worry about rescheduling. Some may recall that during the spring months, Atlantic City casinos were constantly updating their online reservation systems.
At our last check, Borgata had not updated its reservation system.
Borgata has 2,000 hotel rooms, which doesn’t include the 800 rooms and suites at The Water Club. The latter is a boutique hotel that connects to Borgata.
A limited number of rooms will be available. Borgata did not specify the exact number.
It’s likely that plenty of guests will skip the overnight stay in favor of a day trip. But no matter what decision they make, there is now another date to look forward to besides the Fourth of July.