HANOVER, Md. (AP) — Gamblers are back at several Maryland casinos after three months of closures due to the coronavirus outbreak.
One of the state’s largest casinos, Maryland Live, opened Friday evening in Hanover, but with numerous restrictions in place. Only top-tier VIPs could attend Friday’s reopening, and only by making a reservation.READ MORE: Young People Clean Up Behind Area In Baltimore Plagued By Illegal Dumping
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The casino will phase in lower-level VIPs over the next week or so and open to the general public June 29.
Reservations will still be required and the casino plans to limit attendance to 25 percent capacity.READ MORE: Christmas Village Returns To Inner Harbor With Grand Opening Saturday
The poker room and table games are open, but with acrylic barriers and fewer gamblers at each table.
Casino officials told WTTG-TV in Washington that more than 2,000 employees have been brought back to work after nearly 2,500 were laid off when the coronavirus forced casinos to close in March.
Casinos near Cumberland, Ocean City and in Perryville also reopened Friday. The state’s biggest casino, MGM National Harbor in Prince George’s County, remains closed. The Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore is scheduled to open June 28.
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