Parx Casino reopened their doors with restrictions on June 26, 2020, making it the eleventh of 12 casinos to open in Pennsylvania, and people are excited to be back.
“It’s a breath of fresh air. Of course, we have to practice the new normal. I’m all for it,” Tyesha Denise Wilson said.
Parx Casino is requiring all employees and guests to submit to a temperature screening once they walk through the doors. Thermal camera technology will alert team members to anyone with a temperature over 100.4 degrees.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board released COVID-19 reopening guidelines in May that mandate casinos completely change how they operate. Among the changes include plexiglass barriers between slot machines and at table games, reducing the seating capacity from six players to four. The casino is also requiring face masks for all guests and employees and increasing game floor cleaning.
Parx Casino is taking all of these new protocols very seriously.
“All of the machines including the plexiglass barriers, chips, cards. Everything. They’re being cleaned throughout the day on a continuous schedule,” says Director of Advertising and Public Relations Carrie Nork Minelli.
Geneva Greth says she is happy to get back to a sense of normalcy and isn’t worried about being in a public venue.
“I wear a mask. I sanitize my hands all the time. I feel okay,” Greth said.
As of July 2, 2020, the casino is also temporarily suspending indoor smoking “in order to support mask-wearing mandates at all Pennsylvania casinos.”
The only casino that has not reopened in Pennsylvania is Rivers Casino in Philadelphia, as the city has halted the resumption of many green-phase activities until August 1, 2020.