The Casino Association of New Jersey (CANJ) and AtlantiCare are working together to create a comprehensive strategy that will see the secure reopening of casino properties in Atlantic City once New Jersey’s stay-at-home order is lifted.
In consultation with AtlantiCare, CANJ is preparing the scheme to assist the Murphy Administration and regulators in developing comprehensive reopening plans that prioritise the safety and well-being of employees, guests and the community at large.
Lori Herndon, President and CEO of the healthcare system said: “AtlantiCare is pleased to partner with the Casino Association of New Jersey to formulate a plan to safely reopen Atlantic City casinos to employees and guests.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has not only threatened our health and safety, it has also threatened the stability of Atlantic City’s gaming and tourism industry, the industry’s workforce and families, and our state and local economies.
“The Atlantic City gaming industry is a cornerstone of the entire South Jersey economy and reopening it safely at the right time, along with the rest of our shore and regional businesses, must be our shared priority.”
AtlantiCare will have tools in the weeks and months ahead to support and cooperate with CANJ, exchanging national healthcare indicators, data and predictions, advice on procedure reopening, and information on best practises; This will also help with future cooperation with other partners in the healthcare sector in ways that could support the casino industry in New Jersey in addressing COVID-19 on a continuing basis.
Steve Callender, president of the CANJ said: “We are grateful for the support and partnership from AtlantiCare as we devise a safe reopening strategy for the Atlantic City casino industry. Our greatest priority is the health and safety of our employees, guests and fellow residents.
“We want Atlantic City to be ready to open as soon as the government determines it is appropriate to do so. That is why we are working with our regional healthcare provider to develop a comprehensive plan that ensures our properties are prepared and ready to reopen when the stay-at-home order is lifted.”