Maryland Casinos Begin To Reopen Following COVID Closure

Maryland casinos have started reopening their doors after three months of COVID-19 closures, with the state authorising properties to accept visitors under a series of tight restrictions.

Following the reopening of casinos Maryland Live, one of the largest casinos in the state, has announced that only ‘top-tier VIP clients’ will be allowed back but must make reservations in advance.

In the next week, the casino is expected to phase in ‘lower-level VIPs’ with a proposal to reopen to the general public from June 29 with a capacity limit enforced at 25 percent.

It follows a pattern across the US with casinos announcing reopenings, with the reopening of 30 of its 41 gaming and racing properties recently verified by Penn National Gaming, with the company’s four Ohio properties and its Pennsylvania Hollywood Casino the latest on the list.

The announcement accounts for over 70 percent of the company ‘s regional gaming portfolio in 13 of the 19 states it operates in.

Jay Snowden Penn National’s chairman and chief executive officer said: “As the nation’s largest regional gaming operator, we are excited and grateful to have reached this important milestone of reopening more than 70 percent of our properties across the country.

“We are continuing to work closely with our regulators and state and local leaders to prepare for the eventual reopening of all of our remaining properties. I want to thank our state regulators, as well as our Corporate and property management teams who have worked tirelessly over the last several months to get us to this point.”

When their facilities are reopened, it is said that each property works at a restricted capacity and meets state and regulatory guidelines.

Penn National has introduced ‘comprehensive social distancing and safety protocols’ at all of its reopened properties which were established in ‘close consultation’ with state regulators alongside local and regional public health officials.