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N.Y. Casinos Can Reopen On Sept. 9 — With Precautions

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has given casinos the green light to reopen.

Casinos throughout the state can reopen at 25% capacity next week. Cuomo said inspectors from the state Gaming Commission will enforce mask wearing and social distance laws.

“Casinos can open September 9 on the condition that they have the enhanced air filtration system in place before they open,” he said.

Cuomo says physical barriers must be installed at table games. Food and beverage service will not be allowed on the gaming floor.

Tribal casinos began phased re-openings as early as May. But commercial casinos have been waiting on Cuomo to issue state guidance.

The owner of Jake’s 58 Casino on Long Island said last month their reopening plan includes upgrades to the air ventilation system and required registration for all visitors to enable contact tracing.

Desiree reports on the lives of military service members, veterans, and their families for WSHU as part of the American Homefront project. Born and raised in Connecticut, she now calls Long Island home.