Borgata Hotel and Casino

Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. July 9, 2018 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

ATLANTIC CITY — The market’s largest and highest-performing casino will only be welcoming back invited guests for the Independence Day weekend.

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa will reopen to the public at 10 a.m. July 6, four days after the state is permitting Atlantic City’s gambling parlors to resume operations. Borgata will host an invitation-only experience for guests beginning July 2.

The casino said it wanted to take advantage of a “friends and family” grace period that the state is permitting upon reopening.

With limited amenities available, Borgata will essentially be conducting a “soft opening” so the casino can evaluate its new health and safety protocols.

“We are proud to be part of this resilient community that has remained strong and caring during these challenging months. When we reopen our doors, we do so with excitement to welcome back our employees and guests, and with an unwavering commitment to their health and safety,” said Melonie Johnson, president of Borgata. “Summer is a special time in Atlantic City, and we look forward to playing a part in offering some much-needed entertainment.”

Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that Atlantic City’s nine casinos could reopen July 2 at 25% capacity. The city’s casinos have been closed since March 16 to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Murphy is expected to release additional details in the next few days about the capacity restrictions and industry-wide protocols for the casinos. On Monday, the governor said face masks — a recommendation in most other states that have reopened casinos — will be mandatory in Atlantic City for both guests and employees.

Borgata’s parent company, MGM Resorts International, released its “Seven-Point Safety Plan” in May, several days before the gaming operator reopened its signature properties in Las Vegas.

The 106-day closure will go down as the longest stretch Atlantic City has gone without operational casinos since legal gambling began in the seaside resort in 1978.

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I cover Atlantic City government and the casino industry since joining The Press in early 2018. I formerly worked as a politics & government reporter for NJ Herald and received the First Amendment: Art Weissman Memorial NJPA Award two years in a row.

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