New York remains the hardest-hit US state from this global pandemic. Over the past few weeks, however, Covid-19 infection rates have been dropping here. As a result, New York’s casino industry has slowly begun coming back to life.
Many of the tribal casinos in this state have reopened to the public. Many are now asking when the state’s commercial casinos can start operating again. Now is the perfect time to look at what the state has planned over the next few weeks.
New York Gears Up to Enter into Phase III Next Month
Back in March, the US began to enter into lockdown. The novel coronavirus had begun to spread rapidly throughout the country. Eventually, cases began to skyrocket in New York and New York City in particular.
Things didn’t slow down for months. New York’s Covid-19 cases continued to climb and tens of thousands of individuals were killed. By early June, it seemed as if the state’s intense social distancing measures began to work and finally, infection rates here started to fall.
It’s been an incredibly difficult time for residents and businesses in this state. Most of the casinos in upstate New York, for example, have been closed for months.
Many restrictions are starting to be lifted and a sense of normalcy seems to be emerging. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio claims the state will enter into Phase III of reopening on July 6th.
This will be a welcome move for many residents here. Phase III allows for indoor dining and many outdoor activities to resume. Some are still concerned that lifting restrictions will lead to another surge in infections.
There’s no doubt that things are improving in this state. As restrictions are lifted, more individuals here are becoming interested in entertainment activities. Does this mean the state’s biggest casinos can finally start accepting guests?
New York’s Casino Industry is Already Opening Up
For months, it seemed like almost nothing was open in New York. Many are incredibly surprised to hear that some casinos have been open here since early June. How exactly is this possible?
New York is home to several Native American-run gambling venues. These casinos sit on sovereign land and can set their own regulations. The Cayuga Nation’s small Lakeside Gaming Hall began operating in mid-May. On June 10th, several of the Seneca Nation’s properties started operating again.
As many are aware, New York legalized commercial casinos back in 2013. There are now several of these Las Vegas-style gaming venues operating here. Don’t expect any of these properties to reopen soon, though.
For obvious reasons, New York is still extremely cautious to allow businesses to reopen. State leaders recently announced that visitors from several states will need to quarantine for 14 days.
“If you fly into New York, we’ll have your name, we’ll know where you’re supposed to be staying, there will be random checks,” Governor Cuomo said. “You get pulled over by a police officer and he looks at where your residence, and says, ‘How long have you been here?’ You get sick, you go to a hospital from out of state and you test positive and you’ve been within the 14 days, you’re violating the law and you’re going to have a problem.”
Certain parts of New York’s casino industry is now back up and running. Commercial casinos here will need to remain closed for a little longer. It now appears that some casinos in states that have recently lifted restrictions are now being ordered to close down again.
Three Casinos in Arizona Have Been Ordered to Shut Down
Over the past few weeks, several states around the country have begun to lift their restrictions. Many feel that this is leading to the significant surge in Covid-19 infection rates around the country. Some states are being hit harder than others.
Arizona is seeing its cases surge significantly. Over the past 24 hours, for example, more than 3,000 new cases have been confirmed here. As a result, three casinos in this state have been forced to temporarily shut their doors.
This goes to show how quickly things can change right now. The casinos in Arizona that recently closed were following very similar guidelines to the casinos in Las Vegas. Some analysts fear that Nevada’s casinos will soon be forced to shut down again.
Covid-19 infection rates in Nevada have been increasing lately. Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak recently announced that masks are now required when going into public spaces. That includes all of the state’s casinos.
No one really knows when New York’s casino industry will completely back up. The country is in an unprecedented time right now. Governor Cuomo is likely to offer more information on this situation over the next few weeks.
Are the casinos open in your state? Do you expect New York to open commercial casinos this summer? Let us know in the comments section below.