- Massachusetts has approved removal of COVID-19 restrictions on gambling.
- This means a return to pre-pandemic procedures for the most part.
- Masks are no longer required for those who are vaccinated.
LAS VEGAS - The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has voted to remove many of the COVID-19 restrictions on gaming in the state.
The two casinos in Massachusetts as well as the slot machine location within the state will all be able to breathe a little bit easier.
Captain Brian Connors, head of the Gaming Enforcement Unit of the Massachusetts State police, believes that the time is right for the removal of these restrictions.
“I think we’re in a good position to return towards that pre-pandemic phase and again we will address issues as they come up,” said Captain Connors.
The announcement comes on the heels of CDC guidelines that state that vaccinated people may socialize as normal.
Jacqui Krum, senior vice president at Encore Boston Harbor, was very happy with the removal of the pandemic guidelines, and outlined what they would mean for her business.
“This would mean opening up every slot machine, every gaming table, restoring our restaurants to previous occupancy, restoring the occupancy of the gaming floor,” said Krum.
Vice president of MGM Springfield Seth Stratton mentioned the ways in which his organization would seek to comply with CDC guidelines.
“We’re looking for the ability to return at our discretion as business demand dictates to a pre-COVID environment,” said Stratton. “We will of course follow CDC guidance, but as a customer amenity and addressing customer concerns, we will be keeping sanitizing wipes available, we will have masks available for those who are not vaccinated or are more comfortable wearing one should they not have one with them.”
For now, the casinos in Massachusetts will be able to reopen with no problems from the government.