8 of Atlantic City's famous casinos just reopened for the first time since March. These photos show just how different the casino experience is going to be after the pandemic.

  • Eight of nine Atlantic City casinos reopened last weekend for the first time since New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy ordered them to close in light of the coronavirus pandemic on March 16.
  • While the state was planning to resume indoor dining on July 2, Gov. Murphy said on June 29 that it would be postponed indefinitely.
  • Most Atlantic City casinos reopened with restrictions, like no food, drinks, or smoking permitted indoors.
  • Some casinos installed plexiglass barriers and temperature checking devices before reopening.
  • Take a look inside casinos during Atlantic City's reopening weekend.
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Most casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey, reopened last weekend after closing for three-and-a-half months to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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Of the nine casinos in Atlantic City, five reopened last Thursday, including Hard Rock, Ocean, Resorts, Tropicana, and Golden Nugget.

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Three more casinos — Caesars, Bally's, and Harrah's — reopened the following day.

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The reopenings came with coronavirus-era restrictions, like wearing face masks and limiting the casinos to 25% capacity.

Source: State of New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety Divison of Gaming Enforcement

Some casino-goers wore gloves at the gambling spots to protect themselves.

New Jersey also required casinos to clean and disinfect all surfaces, per CDC recommendations, ahead of the reopenings. The casinos are not allowed to serve food or drinks indoors, and smoking is prohibited.

Source: State of New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety Divison of Gaming Enforcement, CDC

Photos of the casinos on reopening weekend show what your next trip to Atlantic City might be like. Patrons entering Ocean Casino Resort are prompted to ask themselves if they feel any symptoms that have been linked to the coronavirus.

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The casino installed protective barriers at the front desk …

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… and between slot machines.

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"I feel less at risk than in the supermarket," 71-year-old Virginia Hight, a patron told The New York Times.

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The casino's models wore glistening facemasks matching their costumes.

While only employees at Ocean Resort Casino had their temperatures checked, each patron entering the Hard Rock Casino had their temperature checked with thermal imaging monitors.

Source: The New York Times

These devices also recognize each face that passes through the system. This paired with surveillance cameras serve as a contact-tracing system.

Source: The New York Times

At the Hard Rock Casino, 60% of employees were back to work this weekend, the parent company's chairman, James Allen, told the New York Times.

Source: The New York Times

Atlantic City's top casino on Trip Advisor, the Borgata, decided to remain closed because Gov. Philip Murphy extended his ban on indoor dining.

Sources: Trip Advisor, AP News

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