Atlantic City Casino Resorts Taking Room Reservations, Although Gov. Murphy Is Yet to Set Reopening Date

Hotels at some of Atlantic City’s casino resorts are taking room reservations as early as next week, even though New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is yet to allow the reopening of gaming floors along the city’s Boardwalk.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, which actually never really stopped taking reservations, is allowing these as early as May 28, followed by the Tropicana, Caesars, and Resorts Casino Hotel, which are taking reservations starting June 7.

Atlantic City’s casino resorts have been closed for over two months. Gov. Murphy ordered indefinite shutdown of the properties in mid-March in the face of the global coronavirus crisis, but as states are gradually easing restrictions aiming to help curb the pandemic, New Jersey’s casinos could probably be allowed to resume operations in the not so distant future.

Ocean Casino Resort has canceled all previous reservations through June 14, and is now taking reservations starting June 15.

The Borgata, Atlantic City’s highest grossing casino, does not allow room reservations until July 1 in somewhat stark contrast to its competitors who are clearly hoping that they would be allowed to reopen their properties by the end of May or in early June.

Atlantic City’s hotels were technically never ordered to close under the restrictions leveled by Gov. Murphy two months ago. However, most of the city’s casino operators chose to close their properties completely.

No Insight into Actual Reopening Date

Caesars spokesman Richard Broome said that they will resume operations whenever Gov. Murphy allows it and that the fact that they are taking room reservations is part of their plan “to ensure [they] have business when [they] are allowed to reopen.”

Mr. Broome went on to say that the date they are taking reservations from “does not indicate that we have any insight into the actual reopening date.”

A Hard Rock spokeswoman told local news outlets that they never stopped taking room reservations and that they simply reevaluate every week if they can honor the reservations taken or not based on whether the Governor has lifted the restrictions or not.

Hard Rock does not plan to reopen the hotel portion of its Atlantic City resort before casinos are allowed to fully reopen.

The New Jersey Casino Control Commission Chairman, James Plousis, commented that the state’s gambling venues will be prepared to welcome employees and patrons back “at the appropriate time with the health and safety of all foremost in their plan.”

Gov. Murphy permitted the reopening of beaches and boardwalks starting this coming Friday, the beginning of Memorial Day Weekend. However, people will be required to practice social distancing by staying six feet apart and not gather with people that are not part of their immediate household or their significant others.

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