Pennsylvania Has Had Only 1% Of Casino Workers Positive of COVID-19

November 14, 2020 John Isaac

After its reopening at the beginning of July, there have been 251 positive COVID-19 cases among casino employees in Atlantic City. More than half took place in October. After the casinos started reopening in early June, Pennsylvania casinos have registered over 108 coronavirus cases from over 16,000 casino employees.  They account for around 1% of the overall casino employees in both jurisdictions.

Casino Chips Handled with Gloves Next to Casino Cards on a Poker TableIn Atlantic City around 172 COVID-19 incidents were confirmed to state gaming regulators by the official data collected by Atlantic City Press from employees working in the casino hotel directly.   An additional 79 cases have been registered in the restaurants and bars of casinos. 

Based on the September job results, the overall number of positive cases accounts for just over 1% of all Atlantic City casino workers. The comparatively few cases among workers, scattered over more than 3 months, show that the health and security policies adopted in the reopening plan work accordingly, according to the executives from the casino and industry experts.

The Gambling Industry Takes COVID-19 Measures Seriously in Pennsylvania

In conjunction with Unite Here Local 54 and State authorities on health and gambling, the Casino Association of New Jersey and AtlantiCare have drawn up a reopening proposal detailing such actions and practices to optimize property protection. The policies introduced include mandatory masks for everyone inside the casinos, regular employee temperature screening, polycarbonate walls between table game players, and scattered slots.

Only around 61% of all positive cases in casinos in Atlantic City were registered in October, which correlates to state rises. Around 71 of the total 81 cases registered in October were workers working in either casino or bar restaurants.

“These are unprecedented times, which is why the industry has taken extraordinary measures to safely welcome back thousands of hardworking employees and valued guests, while also helping to minimize the exposure of Atlantic City casino property guests, our employees, and our local community to the COVID-19 virus,” – stated Steve Callender, president of the CANJ and regional president of Caesars Entertainment Inc.

Callender also added that they will remain dedicated to complying with state-imposed mandates, restrictions, and occupancy limits in order to maintain public health in a good condition.

Many Countries Have Went to a Second Lockdown

Figures reported late on Thursday by the gaming control board of the Pennsylvanian Casino reveal that fewer than 1% of Casino personnel have screened the virus-positive after the approved gaming booths started to restart at the start of June. Around 28 cases at Rivers Pittsburgh casino and 25 in Parx in Bensalem were registered by the state.

Small, however, state-specific cases of casino employees grew from September 14 to October 44. The Gaming Control Board reported that there were no reports of the sort of job held by employees who tested positive and that it was not clear where they had been infected with COVID-19.

Many of the countries around the world have already announced their second lockdown this year and many casinos around the world have been closed once again. However, at the current moment, it is still not known whether soon it will be the same case with the casinos in the US as well.

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