Some Arizona casinos set to open, others to remain closed
By Bob Garcia
A number of casinos are ready to get back in the action, but Tucson-area casinos aren’t so anxious
Arizona is in the middle of evaluating how the reopening of casinos last Friday is impacting the population. A total of five casinos in the Phoenix area opened last week, giving gamblers a taste of how casinos will run operations in response to the coronavirus pandemic. In some gambling venues, there were long lines of gamblers waiting for the moment to enter the venues – some of them wearing face masks and some weren’t. However, other cities in Arizona are not letting casinos open their doors yet; for instance, Tucson casinos are still closed due to the pandemic, despite the fact that the state has lifted some of the restrictions.
The casinos that are opened in Phoenix are following strict orders of safety and sanitation. All visitors to the casino premises are reminded to keep a safe distance and to wear face masks all the time. Every other slot machine on the casinos was made unavailable for use, and there are signs everywhere reminding people to keep their distance. Actually, one of the slot machines that was not in use had a message on the covering that read “Don’t get too close, you’re turning me on.” Table games are also running different as they have limited seating; blackjack tables now have a $10 limit as opposed to the normal $5 limit at the hour of the day.
At the same time, in Tulsa, Desert Diamond casinos said yesterday that no casinos will be open before May ends, at the earliest. On the other hand, Casino Del Sol has pushed back its reopening date from May 21 to May 28. All gambling venues are making sure that the necessary precautions are taken, including the use of face masks by employees and encouraged use by guests, reduction in slot machines available, hand sanitizing stations and more.