When, oh, when will the Atlantic City casinos be fully open again?
That is, when can we expect to see things back to normal?
Well, it might be a while it seems. At this time, Covid-19 is still running through New Jersey, and government officials are trying to manage the delicate balance between safety and economic concerns.
Even though, at the time of writing, Covid's spread is leveling off in New Jersey,
Gov. Phil Murphy has extended New Jersey’s public-health emergency through until the end of January. While New Jersey's Covid cases have leveled off in the past week, health officials are still advising to continue the reduced hours at the casino.
“Given where we are currently we must remain in a proper footing where we can have the authority to continue responding to the challenges posed by the pandemic,” the governor said on December 21.
At this point the full opening of the casinos has been postponed at least until the end of January. There has been no promised date of a full re-openning or of plans beyond the current 25% capacity rule (see below).
As of now, these are the protocols for behavior in the Atlantic City casinos (according New Jersey's Covid-19 Information Hub)
Vaccines are currently being distributed throughout the U.S. And in fact Atlantic City will play a central role in that distribution. The Atlantic City Convention Center will serve as one of New Jersey's mega coronavirus vaccination sites.
The New Jersey Economic Recovery Act and the Emerge Program Act are both aimed to creating more jobs in New Jersey following long furlows and layoffs.
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