MGM Reports Donations From Empire City Group Ahead Of Casino Reopening

This month, MGM Resorts International will reopen its Empire City Casino, in accordance with a number of required restrictions outlined by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Occupancy will be restricted to 25 percent, with more limitations including regulation of face coverings except for eating or drinking, social space, additional occupancy control personnel, traffic flow and seating to prevent crowding, and improved procedures for cleaning and disinfection.

After closing earlier in the year due to the ongoing health crisis, the hosted, invitation-only access will be open to some MLife members before September 21.

The group’s ‘Seven-Point Safety Plan’ will also be enforced at the property with the collection of procedures including employee and guest screening and temperature tests, physical distance, barriers built in areas where distancing poses difficulties, restricted casino entry points and improved and enhanced regular cleaning based on CDC guidelines.

Bill Hornbuckle, CEO and president of MGM Resorts said: “This has been an unimaginably difficult and challenging time, and as we reopen our doors and welcome back team members and guests, we owe our gratitude to all healthcare and essential workers and those providing resources to the community.

“It’s been several months since we were forced to close, so it is with strong emotion that we welcome our team members back to work. Health and safety remain our first priority, and our commitment to New York has never been stronger.”

Empire City maintains that it remained focused on helping the community throughout the temporary closure, and persisted with a series of donations.

The estate gave Caritas of Port Chester 25,000 pounds of food, equivalent to 20,000 meals. A $150,000 donation by MGM Resorts to New York’s Health Study has been allocated to provide $5,000 grants to eligible households for first responders and critical staff. The money would cover expenditures such as insurance costs, child care , housing, transportation, PPE and more.

MGM Resorts also donated $25,000 to the Bronx Community Relief Effort to provide meals to Bronx residents in need, as well as grants to small businesses to allow them to bring some of their employees back to work; $25,000 to World Central Kitchen to continue working with Nourish New York to help provide fresh produce and regular meals across more than 60 locations across the Bronx.