Everyone is feeling the stress of prolonged isolation. Stay-at-home orders and state lockdowns have created some challenges, to say the least.
Staring at the same four walls with the same people for weeks may have you thinking of what you might do when the restrictions are lifted.
A quick trip to Atlantic City seems like a logical choice for many.
While New Jersey online casinos are operating, an online casino just can’t replicate the sights, sounds and feelings of a casino floor.
The question remains whether customers will be flocking back to the Boardwalk or taking a more measured approach. One thing is certain is that AC casinos are doing everything they can to ensure their employees and customers remain safe.
We will continue to update this article with the latest news about the reopening of Atlantic City casinos.
But for now, here is what you need to know before planning your Boardwalk getaway.
When will New Jersey reopen?
Updated: June 11, 2020
Gov. Phil Murphy declared a public health emergency on March 6. On May 6, he extended it for another 30 days for the second time. The result of that declaration is that all nonessential businesses, including AC casinos, are closed.
Murphy revealed a multi-stage reopening plan on May 18. NJ is in Stage 1 right now and will move to Stage 2 on June 15. Casinos won’t be reopening anytime soon. Murphy explained in June that casinos are likely part of Stage 3.
“The ones on Stage 3 that are big nuts that we really are wrestling a lot with right now and want to get to sooner rather than later, are not surprising. Indoor dining is probably the biggest. The casinos are on that list. Other things that are indoors where you’ve got the data points that are hostile to good health and advantageous to the virus.”
As we enter each stage, we will allow businesses and activities to reopen according to their risk level and the challenges they will face to safeguard public health.
We will aim to move through each stage as quickly as we can, but with public health firmly in mind. pic.twitter.com/OehvRWrT8m
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) May 18, 2020
That means any nonessential travel is still on hold, and when New Jersey will reopen completely remains unknown.
Booking rooms at an AC casino post-pandemic
While nonessential travel is currently on hold, planning for future travel isn’t.
Things to consider if you plan to book a room at a hotel or casino in Atlantic City post-pandemic:
- Book your room well into the future.
- Avoid booking non-refundable rooms.
- Be wary of booking rooms that require a deposit.
- Pay attention to the fine print.
Currently, reservations are being accepted at all casinos in AC. But the dates below are likely to change.
|AC Casino||Accepting Reservations|
|Golden Nugget||July 2|
|Hard Rock||July 2|
|Ocean Casino||July 2|
Updated: June 11, 2020
AC casinos and promotions
Getting employees back to work and visitors back to Atlantic City will be a priority for the casinos.
As AC casinos near their reopening date, customers can expect to see plenty of promotions for both the casino and hotel.
How AC casinos will keep you safe from the coronavirus
As AC casinos reopen, you should be assured of their safety measures in place.
All nine casinos in Atlantic City have COVID-19 updates on their websites. Within them are the policies they have adopted when they are able to welcome customers back to their properties.
You can expect to arrive at a completely disinfected and an extra-clean casino and hotel room.
AC casinos will:
- Disinfect all common surfaces, including slot machines, table game surfaces, chips and more. If you can touch it, it will likely be disinfected regularly.
- Position multiple hand sanitizer stations around the facility. Some hotels are making disinfectant wipes available upon request.
- Increase education and communication with customers and staff about the importance of maintaining safety and health measures.
Patience is something you should pack in your bag. Visiting AC casinos after the pandemic will likely look and feel quite a bit different than your last trip.
Sometime in the future, the Boardwalk will be packed with people again; however, when that happens remains a mystery. One thing is sure is that we will be navigating this new normal for quite a while.