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Short answer – it already opened but with some little limitations
No smoking, drinking or eating at Atlantic City casinos open
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Atlantic City tried Prohibition once before. It worked so well that Nucky Johnson, the legendary politician and racketeer, built a Boardwalk empire immortalized on HBO nearly a century later.
It also tried banning smoking, too. That lasted for 20 days as smokers stayed away, sending casino revenue plummeting.
But New Jersey will ban both, again, when Atlantic City’s nine casinos reopen after more than three months of coronavirus-related shutdowns.
The late-night announcements from Gov. Phil Murphy landed like a one-two punch on Atlantic City’s casino industry, already reeling from lost revenue during the pandemic, and making plans to creak back to life at the state-mandated 25% of normal capacity.
After almost four months, several of Atlantic City’s shuttered casinos, closed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, are reopening Thursday morning.
Golden Nugget Atlantic City and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City are both scheduled to open at 6 a.m. Ocean Casino Resort, Tropicana Atlantic City and Resorts Atlantic City are scheduled to open at 8 a.m. Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City, Bally’s Atlantic City and Caesars Atlantic City are all scheduled to open at 10 a.m.
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, set to open July 6, walked back on their opening plans Monday after Gov. Phil Murphy announced that indoor dining, set to resume at limited capacities Thursday, would be indefinitely suspended.
Murphy said casinos could reopen at 25% capacity starting July 2. The casinos closed March 16.