As businesses start to reopen, individuals will get a glimpse of what the state's new norm will look like. It includes the reopening of some Arizona casinos this Friday, May 15. For guests' safety, strict sanitation measures and guidelines will be put into place as gambling picks back up.  

Gila River Hotels and Casinos, Fort McDowell Casino, and Harrah's Ak-Chin Hotel & Casino are set to reopen on May 15. 

To safely resume business, all casinos will have strict rules and guidelines put into place.

Gila River Casinos will practice social distancing by encouraging guests to stand six-feet apart from other groups.

Touchless hand sanitizing stations will be set up around entrances, and plexiglass barriers will be installed at cashier cages, select dining venues, and at the Players Club. 

Slot machines have also been strategically rearranged to accommodate for a distance of six feet. 

Fort McDowell has a tentative reopening on Friday at 10 a.m. and will implement an aggressive health and sanitation program.

A limited opening of Black Jack will occur on Friday, and Bingo is set to follow on May 22 in its phased approach.

Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino's partial reopening begins at 9 a.m. with the Poker Room, Keno, and Bingo closed until further notice. 

Additionally, management has set up sanitizing stations and will enforce social distancing guidelines throughout the casino. All employees will wear face masks too.

As Governor Doug Ducey announced a phased approach to reopening the state, many businesses have implemented sanitation guidelines recommended by the CDC.

On May 4, salons and barbershops were given the green light to accept appointment-based services, while dine-in at restaurants resumed on May 11. 

Ducey said in a Twitter post, "As our economy comes back, we need to be smarter and safer — while following public health guidance to keep customers and employees healthy. Businesses across Arizona are doing just that."


This article's cover image was used for illustrative purposes only. 

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