Casinos in Central City and Black Hawk allowed to reopen after Gilpin County variance approved

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Posted at 4:35 PM, Jun 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-07 18:35:25-04

CENTRAL CITY, Colo. — The sound of slot machines will once again be echoing in the canyons surrounding Black Hawk and Central City.

The Gilpin County Board of Public Health voted Sunday morning to allow casinos to reopen in the two cities, beginning June 17.

The vote comes after the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment approved a variance from the safer at home guidelines for Gilpin County.

The variance only allows for machine gaming, not table gaming. A decision on reopening table games will be considered again in three weeks.

Other restrictions placed on casinos include:

  • Casinos can only operate at 50% capacity and can’t exceed 175 people at any given time in a confined indoor space, and 250 people in any outdoor setting.
  • Casino employees must be monitored daily for symptoms.
  • Provide accommodations for employees at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 who remain encouraged to follow the Stay at Home requirements
  • Require signage on doors telling guests that are experiencing COVID-like symptoms not to enter, and recommend that the sign posted at the door is the CDC sign

Each casino will have to submit a reopening and operation plan before they can reopen.