All across the Sunshine State, businesses are striving to return to a sense of normalcy. Doing so has taken time, care, and adjustments. Orlando’s hospitality industry has been on a bit of a hold during the pandemic, but now Florida's Hard Rock Casinos have announced tentative plans to breathe life back into the game of gambling. With new restrictions place, we could be seeing a reopening of Florida casinos as early as the end of May.

Jim Allen, chairmen of Hard Rock International, told FOX 35 in an interview that guests could expect to experience casinos to be limited to 50% capacity with more space between tables and dividers between players.

They should also create sanitation stations and provide shields for dealers, as well as masks and gloves for employees. At bigger casinos, they're even looking at thermal imaging to screen body temperatures.

Even without a concrete opening date for Hard Rock locations worldwide, Allen told FOX 35 that he's anticipating large crowds when Florida casinos finally do open their doors again.

Casinos in the Midwest have already started to open with immense crowds. One location in Oklahoma even saw hundreds of people waiting in line to enter on Tuesday.

The reopening of casinos will give those who've felt stuck at home a chance for a change of scenery and entertainment.

It remains to be seen if the opening of these gambling hubs with their social distancing measures in place will impact the number of COVID-19 cases. Florida’s Data and Surveillance Dashboard currently reports 42,402 cases in the state.

Plans for reopening across Florida reflect the state’s eagerness to move forward cautiously while maintaining safety.

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