Gamblers lined up outside casinos in Arizona and Oklahoma to play on the slot machines as Las Vegas remains closed.
Mangers at the casinos said their machines have been placed at least six feet apart and limited seating will be allowed at tables for games like blackjack.
In Arizona, Harrah’s Ak-Chin Hotel and Casino in Maricopa and Fort McDowell Casino near Fountain Hills reopened partially on Friday morning as Gov Doug Ducey’s stay-at-home order expired.
Meanwhile, in Oklahoma, casinos in the central and western parts of the state say they have also redesigned with social distancing restrictions and sanitation safeguards in place to protect against a resurgence of the coronavirus.
In Arizona there have been at least 13,169 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 우리계열 651 deaths, and in Oklahoma 5,087 cases and 285 deaths.
Dozens of gamblers lined up outside casinos in Arizona and 우리계열 Oklahoma as they reopened this week.
Pictured: People lined up all the way to the parking lot at the Lucky Star Casino in Concho, Oklahoma, 메리트카지노 May 15
At Lucky Star Casino in Oklahoma, guests and employees received temperatures checks either manually, via thermal imaging camera, or 우리계열 both.
Additionally, plexiglass shields have installed. Pictured: Customers lined up outside of Lucky Star Casino, May 15
A line of people stretched to the parking lot at Arizona’s Ak-Chin Hotel and Casino (pictured), which has been redesigned social distancing restrictions and sanitation safeguards
After a customer is done playing at a slot machine at Lucky Star, an employee will receive an alert to clean the machine.
Pictured: Tobias Morales disinfects gaming machines in preparation for the reopening of Lucky Star Casino, May 15
In Arizona, the Ak-Chin Tribal Council earlier approved the reopening of its casino, with slot machine banks arranged to allow for social distancing and limited seating at blackjack tables.
Poker, keno and bingo games were not resuming yet.
‘We look forward to welcoming back our casino guests,’ Robert Livingston, the casino’s general manager, said in a statement.
The customers, mostly middle aged and elderly, including a few on motorized scooters, appeared to be respecting social distance with large spaces between each other. Few were wearing masks.
Along with social distancing and sanitizing measures, the casino that belongs to the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation will conduct temperature checks using handheld scanners and thermal cameras.
Anyone with a reading over 100F will be denied entry.
And Gila River Hotels & Casinos said casinos will have new non-smoking sections on slot machine floors that observe social distancing and hard plastic shields had been installed in key areas including the cashier cage and some dining venues.
Hand sanitizing stations were being prepared at entrances and social distancing will be encouraged throughout.
To maintain social distancing at slot machines, whenever a customer sits down at a machine at Lucky Star, the two on either side will disable. Pictured: Debbie Blanchard, of El Reno, Oklahoma, plays on a gaming machine at Lucky Star Casino, May 15
Some casinos, which are usually 24-hour operations, now have limited hours. Pictured: A man plays on a gaming machine at Lucky Star Casino, May 15
Nationwide, some 500 Native American casinos have shut down. Pictured: Gladys Whittington (left) and Sandy Christian (right) play at a gaming machine at Lucky Star Casino, May 15
Casino staff members in Oklahoma were also eager to get back to work.
‘It was time for everyone to get back to work, we were ready to get back to work,’ said Sam Caruso, general manager of the Thunderbird Casino in Norman, Oklahoma.