© Kristin LaFratta | [email protected]/masslive.com/TNS Elaine Wynn, the largest shareholder of Wynn Resorts, made an appearance at the opening of Encore Boston Harbor, a $2.6 billion casino and resort in Everett,on opening day on Sunday, June 23, 2019.
Encore Boston Harbor announced Thursday that the Everett casino intents to reopen to the public on Sunday, July 12.
The reopening date comes after Gov. Charlie Baker announced that casinos will be allowed to reopen as early as Monday as part of Phase 3 of the Massachusetts reopening plan.
Encore Boston Harbor will open its doors at 9 a.m. July 12, pending approval from state gaming officials.
The decision comes after the Massachusetts Gaming Commission approved a slew of reopening requirements last week.
The new guidelines include rules and recommendations for screening guests, including a requirement to make hand sanitizer available and a suggestion to conduct temperature checks. Social distancing guidelines for slots include a requirement that casinos turn off every other slot machine and remove chairs, and to either ensure a minimum of 6 feet between slot positions or install 6-foot-tall plexiglass dividers.
Encore Boston Harbor in Everett announced Thursday that it intends to open back up on Sunday, July 12, pending approval of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. MGM Springfield, the state's other full casino, plans to open the following day.
- — Encore Boston Harbor has officially reopened its doors to the public on Sunday, July 12, nearly four months after the casino closed its doors amid the worldwide coronavirus.
- If everything goes according to the plan as approved this week by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, Wynn Boston Harbor Casino will be opening on or around June 29. Thus, will end an extraordinary closure of the casino which began on March 15 when the Coronavirus began hitting us with full force.
- Wynn Resorts Ltd. Could push back the planned June 23 opening of its Encore Boston Harbor casino in Everett to make sure the property is “flawless,” CEO Matthew Maddox said during the company.
There are also reduced occupancy limits based on a formula for total patrons and employees. Commissioners believe the formula will reduce each facility’s capacity to about 25%.
Other requirements for reopening guests at Encore Boston Harbor include:
Thermal temperature scans at all guest and employee entrances. Anyone, guest or employee, with a temperature of 100.4 or more will not be allowed inside.
Face coverings are mandatory for all employees and guests. Face masks will be available for guests as needed.
Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting of public spaces throughout the day.
Hand sanitizer stations and disinfecting wipes available throughout the property.
Signage at each point of entry and at prominent locations throughout the gaming area to remind guests of safe practices including frequent hand washing, use of hand sanitizer, proper wearing of masks, and to go home if sick.© Kristin LaFratta | [email protected]/masslive.com/TNS Encore Boston Harbor, a $2.6 billion casino and resort in Everett, opened with a fireworks show around 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 23, 2019.
Encore Boston Harbor, MGM Springfield and Plainridge Park were ordered to shutdown in mid-March. Casino operators previously said they will need 10 to 14 days notice in order to ramp back up.
Following the shutdowns, thousands of casino workers were furloughed.
Wynn Resorts, the casino’s parent company, put off furloughs after closing on March 15 in light of the coronavirus pandemic, paying the roughly 4,200 employees who work at the $2.6 billion Everett casino. The company spent $3 million a day, or roughly $220 million between mid-March and May, to continue paying its employees, the company said.© Kristin LaFratta | [email protected]/masslive.com/TNS Encore Boston Harbor, a $2.6 billion casino and resort in Everett, opened with a fireworks show around 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 23, 2019.
MGM Springfield told state labor officials in May that it will lay off as many as 1,887 employees at the end of August.
The Springfield casino had just over 2,000 employees earlier this year.
In a letter obtained by MassLive in May, Acting Chief Executive Bill Hornbuckle said the company is in the midst of “the most challenging period ever faced” by the company.
Hornbuckle said when employees were first furloughed in March, MGM hoped a significant portion of its operations would “bounce back” by the summer.
“However, we are realistic in our understanding that domestic and international travel will remain limited for some time,” Hornbuckle said. “We believe that demand for travel will be significantly decreased for the remainder of 2020 and could continue through the early part of next year.”
Amid operational shutdowns, MGM furloughed nearly 63,000 workers, leaving the company with a skeleton crew of its roughly 70,000-person staff in the United States.
Employees will remain furloughed through the end of August, when their employment will be end if they are not rehired by Aug. 31. Hornbuckle did not specify how many of its furloughed workers would be laid off.
“We now believe that some of our colleagues may not return to work this year,” Hornbuckle wrote. “And, given the continued uncertainty facing our industry, we simply don’t know just how many employees will return to work within the coming months.”© Kristin LaFratta | [email protected]/masslive.com/TNS Encore Boston Harbor, a $2.6 billion casino and resort in Everett, opened with a fireworks show around 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 23, 2019.
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All furloughed employees enrolled in the company health plan will have their benefits extended through August 31 with no employee contributions for premiums.© Kristin LaFratta | [email protected]/masslive.com/TNS Encore Boston Harbor, a $2.6 billion casino and resort in Everett, opened with a fireworks show around 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 23, 2019.
Massachusetts casinos will be among the final in the nation to reopen following coronavirus shutdowns.© Kristin LaFratta | [email protected]/masslive.com/TNS Plensa's 'Secret Garden' artwork pieces are on display outside Encore Boston Harbor in Everett on Sunday, June 23, 2019.
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In neighboring Connecticut, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe reopened Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun at the beginning of June. Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island opened on Tuesday. Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady, New York, remains closed.
Casinos in Las Vegas were allowed to reopen as early as June 4.© Kristin LaFratta | [email protected]/masslive.com/TNS Terese Gray holds up a sign while waiting in the front of the line to get into Encore Boston Harbor on Sunday, June 23, 2019.
MGM reopened Mandalay Bay and Aria on Wednesday. The company requires all employees and guests to wear masks inside public spaces at every MGM property across the U.S.
“As part of our work to continually update and evolve our health and safety policies, we are now requiring masks for all guests and visitors inside public spaces,” the company said in a statement released last week. “If a guest is in need of a mask, we will provide one. We hope that our guests will do their part to help the collective efforts to curtail the spread of the virus. Guests who do not wish to comply will be asked to leave the property.”© Kristin LaFratta | [email protected]/masslive.com/TNS Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria kissed his wife after the ribbon-cutting to open Encore Boston Harbor, a $2.6 billion casino and resort in Everett, on Sunday, June 23, 2019.
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EVERETT, MASS. (WHDH) - Encore Boston Harbor announced it will close its casino for two weeks, beginning Sunday morning, amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.
Gaming areas inside the casino will begin to close at 5:59 a.m. Sunday after the casino consulted with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, according to a statement from the casino.
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Non-gaming operations will begin to close at midnight on Sunday, the casino said.
“The health and welfare of our guests and employees has been our primary concern throughout this health crisis,” the casino said in a statement.
Full-time employees will be paid during the two week period and a limited number will remain at the resort to secure, sanitize and maintain the facility, along with casino management.
Representatives from Plainridge Park Casino and MGM Springfield also agreed to close for two weeks during a conference call with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Saturday.
VOTE: Commissioners have voted unanimously to a temporary suspension of operations at @EncoreResortBH , @MGMSpringfield and @PlainridgePark. An expeditious and orderly shutdown process is underway. This decision will be re-evaluated in two weeks. Additional details to follow. pic.twitter.com/R4w9okXbVw
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