Bally's Atlantic City Hotel & Casino: Both guests, employees can now go unmasked
A number of businesses across New Jersey have already announced they are no longer requiring masks, including Bally's Atlantic City Hotel & Casino.
The casino says both guests and employees can now go unmasked.
“I'm free, I'm free, that's all I can say,” says Vikki Erdelyi, from Hungary. “Free, one word.”
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In the casino, about half are wearing a mask and half are not. Employees and guests who are vaccinated can shed the face coverings if they so choose. Also, no one is forcing you to mask up or go maskless – it’s a freedom of choice.
“If you feel comfortable not wearing it, perfectly fine by me,” says Shari Reil, from Massachusetts. “My choice is right now -- I’d rather wear it.”
Signs located around the facility are letting guests know the new mask policies. Social distancing guidelines are now lifted, which means no more plastic partitions at table games and certain slot machines are now getting turned back on. Bally's Executive Vice President of Gaming, Phil Juliano, says mask rules will be on the honor system.
“The machines will be turned back on, that's a bit of a process we are working on that for the last couple of days,” says Juliano. “Partitions will come down, that certainly makes it more reasonable looking environment as you look through the casino.”
The casinos are regulated by the Division of Gaming in Atlantic City and at least for guests, the rules apply to all casino properties. Employee mask policies may vary depending on the company. Smoking remains banned.