Casinos in Atlantic City, the second largest gambling hub in the United States, are expected to reopen on July 4.
US.- Atlantic City is preparing for the reopening of casinos on July 4, according to New Jersey’s governor Phil Murphy.
The news raises expectations since Atlantic City is the second largest gambling market in the US after Las Vegas. In comments published by the website NJ.com, the governor said reopening would be under restrictions designed to address the Covid-19 pandemic.
Murphy said in a radio interview: “It’s probably still too early to give you a very specific answer but there’s a lot of work going into that right now. We are trying like heck to get toward, I hope, before July 4 or at least by July 4 … that we’re in a position where we can say, you know what, subject to a lot of different parameters, the casinos can be open again.”
It appears that New Jersey will be the last state to reopen its casinos. Missouri has already resumed operations, while Nevada announced Silver State casinos will reopen on June 4 and other regions have announced reopening dates.
The proximity of Atlantic City to New York, the US city that has been most affected by the novel coronavirus, with more than 200,000 cases, means it has taken longer to get the go-ahead for a return to business.
The two major tribal casinos in Connecticut, Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods, equidistant from the city, opened on Monday but will not serve New York residents. They will only serve players from Connecticut and nearby Rhode Island.