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Atlantic City casinos to reopen July 2, but with limited capacity

This June 24, 2016 photo shows cash, chips and dice on a craps table during a game at the Golden Nugget casino in Atlantic City, N.J.
This June 24, 2016 photo shows cash, chips and dice on a craps table during a game at the Golden Nugget casino in Atlantic City, N.J. (Wayne Parry/AP)

Atlantic City’s casinos will be able to reopen July 2 at 25% capacity, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday.

In a Twitter post, the Democratic governor also said indoor dining can resume on that date, with restaurants also operating at 25% capacity.

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The city’s nine casinos have been waiting for a reopening date for weeks, even as casinos in other states, including Pennsylvania, reopened.

The governor said additional safety and health guidelines will be released in the coming days for casinos and restaurants.

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Many of the casinos have been planning on their own for a reopening, and have adopted measures including increased hand sanitizers and social distancing to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.

But some were planning more stringent measures than others. For example, Hard Rock says it will require masks to be worn by all employees and guests, while some other casinos say they will recommend mask use for guests.

Atlantic City's casinos have been shut since March 16, and revenue has plunged since then.

The casinos had been informally planning to be open in time for the July 4 weekend, a goal Murphy said he wanted to meet several weeks ago. The holiday is one of the busiest times of the year for Atlantic City casinos.

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