Major US operator Boyd Gaming has announced the reopening of venues in Illinois and Pennsylvania.
US.- Boyd Gaming, one of the biggest operators in the US with 29 locations across ten states, is reopening venues in Illinois and Pennsylvania after three months of lockdown.
Valley Forge Casino Hotel in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, reopened on Friday, and the Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino in East Peoria, Illinois, is scheduled to reopen on Wednesday July 1.
The Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino in Peoria, IL has been shut since March 15 due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Illinois has seen one of the strictest lockdowns in the US. Governor J. B. Pritzker‘s five-phase programme to lift restrictions reached its final phase on Friday, allowing the casino to announce its reopening for this week.
In Pennsylvania, Boyd owns the Valley Forge Casino Hotel in King of Prussia, PA. It closed on March 12 by order of Governor Tom Wolf and reopened on Friday under state guidelines agreed with Boyd CEO Keith Smith.
Smith said: “With the reopening of Valley Forge and Par-A-Dice, 26 of Boyd Gaming’s 29 properties nationwide will be back in business. We are encouraged by business volumes and responses from our guests since we began reopening our properties in mid-May, and we look forward to continued recovery as we provide safe and enjoyable experiences for our guests.
The casinos and hotels are reopening with a hygiene protocol dubbed “Boyd Clean” programme, with mandatory face coverings and temperature checks for staff and social distancing requirements and capacity restrictions in all areas. An enhanced cleaning protocol has been introduced for high-touch surfaces such as door handles, gaming machines, table games and elevator buttons, and hand sanitizers located throughout venues will be replaced regularly.