Hard Rock Atlantic City will reopen July 2, per the announcement from Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday.
And when it does, the idea is to make its employees and customers comfortable. Exactly how to do so is part of the “Safe + Sound” plan that Hard Rock announced via a press release earlier this week.
Here are the highlights that apply to guests and team members:
- Mandated masks
- Temperature checks
- A new “Safe + Sound” clean team.
- Increased quality air circulation.
- AtlantiCare partnership focused on contact tracing, training, telehealth and more.
Joe Lupo, the president of Hard Rock AC, said developing new protocols has been the top priority over the last several months. Lupo said:
“We look forward to welcoming back our loyal guests and team members for an exciting summer at the Jersey Shore. … Creating the ‘Safe + Sound’ protocols, implementing detailed training programs and carefully cleaning the property will provide the most thorough and responsible approach in Atlantic City, providing good clean fun for all.”
Changes to the Hard Rock AC gambling floor
The Garden State entered Phase Two earlier this week. On Thursday, Murphy announced plans for the reopening of indoor shopping malls.
NEW: Indoor portions of retail shopping malls may REOPEN on 6/29:
😷Masks required to be worn
👥All stores limited to 50% capacity
🍽️Restaurants may provide take-out or outdoor dining
🚫Food court seating and common seating areas remain closed
❌Theaters and arcades remain closed pic.twitter.com/fZ0gMQHynB
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) June 18, 2020
State-mandated casino guidelines are likely to be announced later this month.
In the meantime, Hard Rock is taking the necessary health and safety measures as it prepares to resume gambling operation during the pandemic. They will include:
- There will be 1,000 air filters frequently changed out in common areas throughout the building.
- The air quality system within Hard Rock AC will provide approximately 10 to 12 air changes per hour, maximizing the exchange of fresh air.
- Hard Rock will follow thorough and upgraded cleaning guidelines, including frequently disinfecting high-touch surfaces.
- Plexiglas will be installed at the casino cage, Wildcard services, sportsbook and select table games.
- Guests will be required to keep one vacant position between slots and at table games.
- Due to occupancy restrictions, guests must be 21 years or older to visit Hard Rock AC unless they have a hotel or restaurant reservation.
All these guidelines are similar to those previously announced by neighboring properties.
Additionally, Hard Rock is using thermal technology as part of its Safe + Sound plans. The company demonstrates how the system works on the HRAC Facebook page.
What about food and beverage offerings?
Once Hard Rock starts welcoming back customers, many will be looking for something to eat.
So far, the Fresh Harvest Buffet is the only restaurant that will remain closed until further notice.
Here are the dining venues making preparations for guests:
- Council Oak Steaks & Seafood
- Il Mulino
- Hard Rock Cafe
- Youyu Noodle Bar
- Sugar Factory
- Flavor Town
- White House Subs
Keep in mind that all restaurants will have limited occupancy to enforce social distancing guidelines. Hard Rock Cafe and Sugar Factory will offer an outdoor dining option.
Hard Rock entertainment calendar changes
The property is closing in on its second anniversary on June 28.
Since opening, the property has touted its model of 365 days of live entertainment. Obviously, even if Hard Rock welcomes guests next month, the showrooms will be empty.
This includes Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena and Sound Waves.
According to the press release, shows will remain dark. Currently, there is no time frame for rebooking previously scheduled acts.
The calendar includes:
- Mary J. Blige
- Jersey Boys
- Chicago the Musical
Hard Rock Beach Bar is opening
Atlantic City casinos may not be open, but the beaches are a different story.
Crowds started gathering Memorial Day weekend and continue to do so daily (weather permitting).
It seems that Hard Rock AC is getting ready to take things one step further.
The company is looking to add beach attendants to its summer workforce.
We are looking for Beach Attendants to join our team this summer! ⛱
Apply at the link below. https://t.co/58m9iaFPFa
— Hard Rock Atlantic City (@HardRockHCAC) June 18, 2020
And when Hard Rock casino finally does reopen, so will the beach bar.
Now that’s a sound that casino customers and employees can’t wait to hear again.