New York casinos expected to be able to increase capacities next month
By Bob Garcia
New York’s gambling scene is starting to find new signs of life following the COVID-19 debacle
Casinos in New York seem to be benefiting greatly from the decisions that the state’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, has been making lately. For the second month in a row, Cuomo has eased certain restrictions necessary to address COVID-19, and earlier this week announced that casinos and racinos will soon have the ability to open their doors at 50% capacity.
As of last month, the governor had lifted the 11:00 PM curfew at casinos which meant that earlier this month, these establishments were able to resume normal operating hours. There is no doubt that New York has been beginning to see a great deal of relief from the COVID-19 pandemic after almost a year of devastation. The seven-day average positivity rate is 2.13%, while the current 3,174 hospitalizations represent very positive numbers, something not seen since November of last year. “We are making tremendous progress in the fight against COVID-19. Our vaccination rates are going up and positivity and hospitalization rates are going down, so now let’s open the valves of our economy even further,” Cuomo said.
Still, the governor called on people not to let their guard down because this does not mean that the state is out of the woods. Casino owners expect the next month to bring plenty of fruit for casino revenues. Lance Young, general manager of del Lago Casino and Resort, said, “The increase in capacity at locations across the state is one more step in getting back to normal. We thank our team and community members for their continued support through the challenges of the past year.”