Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa will host an invitation-only “soft opening” for three days beginning July 23, officials told The Associated Press.
Borgata chose not to open at the beginning of the month after Governor Phil Murphy issued an order that prevented indoor dining as a result of the risk from the virus. The property used the extra time to increase its outdoor dining capacity.
“We took a step back to reassess our re-opening date to ensure we could give our guests the world-class experience they expect from us, safely,” said Borgata president, Melonie Johnson. “Borgata will introduce new outdoor dining experiences, as well as a convenient takeout program from several of our fine and casual dining outlets.”
The property plans to offer room service; an outdoor beer garden; food and beer trucks; poolside dining at The Water Club; and a location for top rated player’s card members. Takeout will be available from Old Homestead Steak House, Noodles of the World, and Bread + Butter. The Marketplace Eatery, Borgata Baking Company, and Starbucks will also be available for walk-up service.
The property will follow MGM Resorts’ “Seven-Point Safety Plan” protocols to protect both customers and employees.
The plan includes:
- Employee and guest screening, with temperature checks;
- Masks in all public areas for both employees and guests (provided free of charge);
- Physical distancing;
- Polycarbonate barriers where distancing is not possible;
- Hand-washing stations on the casino floor;
- Electrostatic sprayers in public spaces so that disinfectant is applied efficiently;
- Digital menus for view on cell phones;
- Restaurant guests will receive text message notification when tables are ready.
- Every other slot machine will be disabled;
The state also prohibited smoking, eating or drinking on the casino floor. The self-parking garage will be open, but the surface parking lot and valet will be closed until further notice.