Socially distant gambling debuts at Florida casino with glass

Friday 22nd May 2020

Gamblers got good news in Florida on Thursday as one casino in the state reopened following the coronavirus closure.

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa opened its doors at 7 p.m. -- albeit under new guidelines that promote social distancing and hygiene.

Masks or other face coverings are required and everybody entering the premises will get their temperature taken.

Another noticeable adaptation to the coronavirus age is the use of plexiglass barriers to divide gamblers and dealers at poker and table games.

"Hard Rock and Seminole Gaming have made a tremendous commitment to sanitary protocols and a safety-first mentality for both guests and team members," Jim Allen, CEO of Seminole Gaming and Chairman of Hard Rock International, said in a statement.

"We are making sure our resorts are safe and sound so our guests and team members have peace of mind when they return."

Other new safety measures include: a 50 percent reduction in capacity at the resort, casino floor hand-sanitizing stations and the reduction of available slot machines to increase the distance between players.


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