Teller County is now clear to reopen casinos in Cripple Creek.
The county had its variance request approved by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Essentially, it’s an exemption from the state’s “Safer at Home” policy.
In a letter dated June 7, the CDPHE laid out requirements for casinos in Cripple Creek to reopen to the public. Casinos, including Midnight Rose Hotel & Casino and Bronco Billy’s, can open their doors on June 15, however, with restrictions.
Initially, patrons will only be able to play slots. Table games are not yet an option, though the department will consider them again in three weeks.
CDPHE also cleared Gilpin County to reopen casinos in Black Hawk and Central City on June 17. Monarch Casino and Resort will likely reopen at 8 am MST that day.
Gov. Jared Polis ordered CO casinos to close on March 17 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Restrictions for Cripple Creek casinos
Under the new guidelines, casino patrons must maintain 6 feet of social distancing. The capacity limit is 50%; furthermore, gatherings can’t exceed 175 people indoors and 250 people in any outdoor setting.
The casino staff members are to wear face coverings. Casinos must post signage on doors that direct guests who are experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms not to enter.
Also in the CDPHE letter:
“Any closing of the slot machines cannot be done in such a manner to intentionally improve the odds in favor of the house when it comes to payouts.
“The Ramblin Express bus system that transports people to the casinos must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis and cleaned between each transport.
“Gaming tables are not approved at this time, but will be considered again in three weeks.”
The reopening may have taken longer than expected, but all the state’s casinos are set to open in the next week.
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