Borgata Atlantic City Ready To Welcome Guests Back After July Fourth Weekend

Borgata Atlantic City Ready To Welcome Guests Back After July Fourth Weekend

The comeback is underway, as companies and casinos are returning one step at a time. Borgata Atlantic City became the latest to weigh in on resumption plans on Tuesday.

One day after New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy blessed a July 2 reopening for casinos, Borgata indicated it would use the first dates for special guests and open to the public on July 6.

Reservations will also be accepted for July 6 and beyond though at last look the reservation system had yet to be updated.

And as is the case for all casinos in Atlantic City, Borgata is only allowed a 25% capacity.

What Borgata’s July 6 opening will look like

Borgata’s safety plan, which had been well established and waiting for Murphy’s green light, springs into action.

It includes:

  • Screening, temperature checks, and employee training.
  • Mandatory masks and personal protection equipment (PPE).
  • Six-foot physical distancing policy will be in place, wherever feasible.
  • Hand-washing and enhanced sanitization.
  • Heating ventilation and air conditioning controls and air quality.
  • Incident response protocols.
  • Digital innovations.

When it comes to the casino, every other slot machine will be disabled in an effort to encourage physical distancing.

Many table games will have polycarbonate barriers installed as well. Poker will also not be available at first.

In fact, Borgata announced the cancellation of:

  • MGM Resorts East Coast Poker Tour
  • Borgata Summer Poker Open
  • Borgata Poker Open
  • WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship

There will be standalone handwashing stations located along the casino floor, polycarbonate barriers where physical distancing is difficult, and digital menus at restaurants that can be accessed by scanning QR codes.

The Borgata is also engaging in increased and enhanced cleaning procedures.

Murphy indicated Monday that safety measures will be strictly enforced. Anyone refusing to comply will have to leave.

What about the Borgata sportsbooks?

Ramifications spread beyond health considerations.

NJ sports betting fans keenly await two developments: the reopening of the racebook and bar endeared to the hearts of every gambler: Moneyline.

The racebook is a state-of-the-art facility with individual televisions, large screens, self-service kiosks, and tellers. It is one of the finest places to watch horse racing on the East Coast.

Horse-racing enthusiasts hope it is back up and running in time to handle action for the July 18 Haskell Invitational Stakes at Monmouth Park.

The Moneyline Bar & Book is a nightlife extension of the gambling vision. The 8,000-square-foot space opened officially last summer and features a 40-foot wide LED video wall and six betting windows.

Like all sportsbooks, they have been affected by unfinished seasons, which affect betting. But pro sports are in the works for making a comeback in July.

Add that with 100+ days of closed AC casinos, and it is no surprise the books will be a prime attraction during the reopening.

How do you get a bet refund at Borgata?

Customers who have placed bets on an individual or upcoming game and/or event that is ultimately canceled or one that has already been canceled will receive a full refund.

For bets placed at Moneyline Bar & Book or the Race & Sports Book at Borgata, guests can bring their bet slips back to either location upon reopening to receive a refund.

Tickets can also be redeemed by mail. The instructions and mailing address appears on the backside of wagering tickets.

For bets placed within the BetMGM or Borgata Sports mobile NJ betting apps, customers have already been refunded for games that have already been canceled.

Mlife Rewards benefits changes and updates

Customer loyalty program plans reflect Borgata’s intent to continue benefits.

Mlife Rewards tier status earned in 2019 and 2020 will be extended through January 2022.

Borgata also is changing the earning year to Jan. 1 – Dec. 31 from what’s historically been Oct. 1 – Sept. 30. This extends the benefits three additional months and makes it easier to track the calendar earning year.

Certain Mlife Rewards offers such as promotions, events, and entertainment will expire or be canceled during the time the property was closed. They will be rescheduled.

Borgata has also suspended Points and Express Comps expirations through Sept. 30, 2020.

How long before casinos are open at full capacity? That’s TBD

Soon, Atlantic City’s biggest revenue winner will reopen and the slots will once again sing on the Borgata casino floor.

And soon, the real sports betting will resume.

In that light-hearted spirit, here’s some conjecture with hypothetical odds on the next operations phase.

Will Murphy extend casinos from 25% availability to 50% or higher before the end of July? Practically even money.

Murphy is meticulous, yet also aware that Atlantic City casinos could secure a substantial rebound with a higher percentage capacity. More people back to work. More tax revenues. He wants that.

The unspoken sentiment from his Monday briefing was: Don’t mess this up and there will be more good news.

I’m betting yes for the extension, with an announcement during the third week.

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