SPRINGFIELD — The state’s three casinos continue to operate well below the 40% capacity limit in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.
Gov. Charlie Baker recently raised the capacity limit on casinos and some other businesses after a cap of 25% of capacity was in place for late December, January and early February.
At the commission’s meeting Thursday, staff said there have been no difficulties with capacity caps. Even when there are special promotions such as car giveaways, the casinos have had measures in effect to keep crowds from congregating, commission staff said.
Baker’s recent decision to remove a 9:30 p.m. curfew and allow casinos to operate 24 hours a day has meant the casinos can hire back many of their furloughed employees, staff said. Specific numbers of callbacks were not discussed.
“All the other COVID measures remain in full force,” said Loretta Lillios, director of the commission’s Investigations and Enforcement Bureau. “The masking requirement, distancing requirement, the heightened sanitization, the signage, the prohibition on eating on the casino floor, the restriction on beverages, plexiglass throughout the property, and the limits to table game seating capacity.”
Encore’s hotel has reopened, commission members were told, and MGM Springfield’s hotel is also slated to reopen next month.