Florida Casinos and Legislators Face Tough Decisions About how to Provide Proper Safety During the Pandemic

Casino Watch Focus has reported on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic’s impact on gambling.  Many casinos are dealing with safety concerns in different ways.  It was reported that an Ariona casino closed after an employee died from Covid-19.  Las Vegas saw an immediate spike in coronavirus cases after it reopened and is facing a lawsuit by the workers over safety precautions.  In Florida, where the state saw a dramatic increase in cases as they opened, casinos are employing different levels of strategies to deal with the pandemic.  An an online source explains, one Florida casino is sticking with basic protections with some added plexiglass to help stop the spread of the deadly virus: 

The Seminole Exhausting Rock Lodge & Casino Tampa opened its doorways at7 p.m. — albeit beneath new pointers that promote social distancing and hygiene.

Masks or different face coverings are required and all people getting into the premises will get their temperature taken.

One other noticeable adaptation to the coronavirus age is using plexiglass limitations to divide gamblers and sellers at poker and desk video games.

A much harder decision was made in Miami, where record setting positive tests hit the Sunshine State hard.  Given the nature of gambling as an entertainment venue and not an essential business, it was reported that that the only proper course of action was a full shutdown: 

Casino operator Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) has been forced to close its Miami casino less than one month after it reopened the property following a resurgence of COVID-19 cases.

On Monday, CDI announced that the “temporary suspension” of operations at its Calder Casino in Miami Gardens, Florida, in keeping with the order issued by Miami-Dade Mayor *Carlos Gimenez* to shut all local entertainment venues following a surge in local COVID-19 infections.

On July 2, with Florida’s new COVID-19 infection count hitting a daily record of 10,109 – which was topped two days later with 11,458 new cases – Mayor Gimenez announced that he was “rolling back the reopening” of all four casinos in the region – Hialeah Park, Casino Miami, Magic City and Calder – until further notice. 

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