Despite originally deciding to wait to reopen until New Jersey Gov. rolled back his most recent restrictions regarding the food, beverage and smoking ban in Atlantic City casinos, Borgata announced it will open its doors July 26, according to a local ABC affiliate.
Atlantic City’s nine casinos were permitted to reopen July 2, but a few days before, Murphy implemented those restrictions amid a second wave of COVID-19 cases in the area. Along with the bans, casinos were only permitted to operate at 25 percent capacity.
Eight of the nine casinos decided to open within a few days of being permitted, but Borgata, the city’s highest grossing casino, decided to stay closed until those restrictions were lifted. With Borgata’s opening, the entire city’s brick-and-mortar gaming market will be open for business for the first time since Murphy shut the industry down March 16.
After pushing back the opening, the Borgata opted to increase its outdoor dining options, which made the financial sense to announce a reopening date.
“Following the Governor’s directive to postpone indoor dining, we took a step back to reassess our reopening date to ensure we could give our guests the world-class experience they expect from us, safely,” said Melonie Johnson, Borgata’s president and chief operating officer in a statement.
Borgata will have a soft opening July 23 and open its doors to the general public three days later.
The shutdown drove brick-and-mortar gaming revenue, and the subsequent tax revenue derived from it, to zero. In recent months, however, online casinos have picked up some of the slack and set multiple revenue records during the shutdown.