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Massachusetts Casinos Expand Offerings For First Time Since Reopening

Massachusetts’ three casinos are expanding their offerings for the before all else time after all reopening in the wake of coronavirus shutdowns.

According to The Daily News of Newburyport, Encore Boston Harbor reopened its spa Thursday, MGM Springfield is opening its steakhouse on weekends and Plainridge Park Casino, a racino, will be resuming 24/7 service.

Gov. Charlie Baker allowed casinos to reopen in mid-July, about four months after he forced them to close in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Regulators told the Massachusetts newspaper that after all the reopening, there have been very few compliance issues with the three gambling facilities.

“On the security and health measures, matters are continuing to go well at each one of the 3 possessions with continuing broad compliance with the casinos with all the health and security requirements, continuing dedication of funds for sanitization, cleanliness, the authorities of mask protocol with their workers and together with guests, authorities of their drink requirement restricted to people seated while gaming, and total approval by the patrons was great with no substantial problems to report at the moment,” said Loretta Lillios, the deputy director of the gaming commission.

Encore Boston Harbor is also planning to add 87 more gaming options by the end of October. When it opened, it had 2,449 options with 1,882 slot machines and 567 table games. Not every machine and table was reopened at the start to ensure social distancing. This is the before all else planned addition of gaming after all July.

Despite operating at half capacity, Bay State casinos have still outperformed the restrictions. In August, the three properties totaled about $71 million in revenue, which represents 83 percent of their output from a year ago when it was operating at full capacity.