Upstate New York’s tribal casinos are slowly starting to reopen as cases of COVID -19 continue to decline statewide.
This trend continued this morning when the Turning Stone Resort Casino, one of New York’s major casinos, and home to the Empire State Hold’em Championship, reopened at 8 a.m.
According to Syracuse.com, guests arrived at 3 a.m. to stand in line, further proving that the US gaming market is headed for a strong rebound after casinos were closed for several months in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Oneida Nation, the tribe that owns the Turning Stone, also opened another Upstate property this morning. Yellow Brick Road Casino in Chittenango and Point Place Casino in Bridgeport are joining forces with Turning Stone in opening its doors to business again visiting dewapoker. Turning Stone is located outside Syracuse in Verona.
“We are very excited to see people here as we head on the path to returning to normal,” Oneida Nation representative Ray Halbritter told Syracuse.com.
Turning Stone employs several security protocols to help curb the spread of germs on the gaming floor.
The most unique of these protocols only involves admission to those who live within 120 miles of the casino. This allows a large number of New York State residents to come and play, but those living in the lower states, and closer to New York City, one of the virus’ main hotspots, will not be allowed in.
Pictures are taken of each guest and ID is matched with photos if there is a need for contact tracing. Other safety requirements include the use of masks from everyone in the building, limiting restaurants to a maximum of four people at one table and increasing sanitary measures.
Because property is owned by a tribal state, they are not bound by state government decisions. Instead, they can open at their discretion. The Cayuga Nation began opening its gambling facilities in mid-May, while other tribes in West New York plan to launch in late June.