Route 66 Casino & Hotel General Manager Adrian Fox announced that the facility has resumed operations, but with limited capacity.
The property, located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, had to close its doors in mid-October due to increased cases of coronavirus infections. After almost four months of inactivity, he returned to operate on February 11, but following all health recommendations to ensure the safety of the players.
Route 66 Hotel and RV Resort are open, but with limited occupancy of 25%. The initial reopening offers slot machines, sports betting and snacks and a limited drink service menu.
Meanwhile, other offerings such as board games, restaurants and Legends Theater will remain closed until further notice. Face masks are required and the temperature of all guests will be checked at the entrance of the premises. Smoking is not allowed inside the building, but an outdoor smoking area is available.
Fox stated, “We have worked closely with Pueblo of Laguna to ensure that we are doing everything we can to protect the health and safety of our guests, employees and the community.”
He added: “We have adopted a clear and consistent policy for all who enter the property to adhere to health and safety protocols. Guests and employees must follow a strict Code of Conduct. “
Slowly but surely, other casino locations across the states are opening doors for guests. Last week, Hard Rock announced that its Cincinnati casino is reopening since the state lifted the curfew.
The installation is resuming 24 hour activity as the number of Covid-19 cases decreased in the area.
Meanwhile, after having to postpone the launch date multiple times, JC Hospitality owner, president and CEO Richard “Boz” Bosworth of Virgin Hotels Las Vegas announced that the new facility will open in March.
Bosworth’s company bought Hard Rock Las Vegas in the spring 2018. The former Hard Rock facility was renovated to become the new Virgin Hotel Las Vegas.
The transformation process had to take eight months through 2020. In August, Bosworth announced that the facility was supposed to open in October or November, but that the opening date would most likely be delayed. The reason, as Bosworth explained, was the coronavirus pandemic, which hit the industry and led to inclement market conditions and construction delays.
The new opening date was set for January 2021. In a internal memo November to staff, Bosworth said no matter how painful another delay may be, it’s probably the right thing to do.
The delay was caused by projections made by the CDC and John Hopkins University that the next Covid-19 spike was due to occur in early January, just before the launch date.
Bosworth stated that while those projections were never 100% accurate, another spike could be detrimental to the open.
After a long wait, the new installation is ready to open to customers very soon.
Source: “Route 66 Casino & Hotel Reopens,” Koat Action News, February 13, 2021