Foxwoods Resort & Casino makes several changes to safely reopen June 1


MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (WTNH)– As soon as guests arrive, they see how Foxwoods Resort and Casino is trying to increase the odds of keeping people safe.

They will first need to look towards a touchless thermometer station which guests hope will say “Your body temperature is normal.”

The casino is set to reopen June 1.

“The footprint is vastly different,” said Rodney Butler, Chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Nation.

 About a quarter of the nine million square foot property will be part of Phase One.

“This game will remain out of service. These games will be live for our guests,” explained Brian Hayes, SVP of Gaming Operations and Slots for Foxwoods, who walked through a slot machine area where only every other game will be turned on.

Electronic table games will be surrounded by plexiglass, while live table games will now have fewer players who are also behind partitions.

“We’re creating the distance between our team members and our guests,” said Hayes. “We have them sanitizing their hands. They’ll be required to wear masks.”

Chips and dice will be cleaned while cards will be swapped out each day.  The governor however, feels the stakes are too high and has said he does not want to see either of Connecticut’s two casinos open anytime soon. 

“We really hope that we have the opportunity to tour the governor around the facility and further discussions,” said Jason Guyot, Interim CEO & President, SVP of Resort Operations for Foxwoods.

“We’re only opening the great Cedar Casino, the Grand Pequot Casino,” said Butler. “There’s no sit down dining. No buffet. Unfortunately for a lot of friends near and dear to me, there’s no bingo.” 

There will also be no concerts or out of state buses. Because the restaurants are all take-out only, Foxwoods has set up the Grand Ballroom with socially distanced tables so people can bring their food in there and eat.

Just 200 of the 2,000 hotel rooms will be used and the casino says they will be cleaned to hospital room standards by Ecolab.

“We’re going to put a post it on the room so that you know no one has been in your room for at least 48 hours and it’s been sanitized,” said Butler.

Members of the cleaning crew are already on duty but when the guests return only a third of the overall staff will as well.  The rest have been temporarily laid off as of May 31st.

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