New York-based Empire City Casino, owned and operated by MGM Resorts International, will reopen for business in a limited capacity from Monday, September 21.
“It’s been several months since we were forced to close, so it is with strong emotion that we welcome our team members back to work. Health and safety remain our first priority, and our commitment to New York has never been stronger,” MGM Resorts president and chief executive Bill Hornbuckle said.
Several MGM venues have reopened in accordance with the operator’s seven-point-safety plan, a set of protocols and procedures designed in conjunction with medical and scientific experts to mitigate the spread of disease, protect customers and employees and respond quickly to potential new cases of covid-19.
Key restrictions introduced include employee screening, temperature checks and covid-19 specific training, guest screening and temperature checks, compulsory use of face coverings for staff and guests, social distancing, physical barriers in those areas where distancing is not possible, higher numbers of handwashing stations, and increased cleaning and sanitation.
MGM Resorts International saw revenue for the first half of 2020 badly hit by the pandemic, posting a net loss of $50.4m for the period.
Net revenue for the six months to June 30 amounted to $2.54bn, down 60.3% from the $6.40bn that was generated in the same period last year.