The Casino Association of New Jersey (CANJ) and AtlantiCare are working together in a bid to form a comprehensive plan that will see the safe reopening of Atlantic City casino properties once New Jersey’s stay-at-home order is lifted. 

The scheme is being prepared by CANJ in consultation with AtlantiCare to assist the Murphy Administration and regulators in developing comprehensive reopening plans that prioritize the safety and well-being of employees, guests and the community at-large.

“AtlantiCare is pleased to partner with the Casino Association of New Jersey to formulate a plan to safely reopen Atlantic City casinos to employees and guests,” said Lori Herndon, President and CEO of the healthcare system. 

She added: “The COVID-19 pandemic has not only threatened our health and safety, it has also threatened the stability of Atlantic City’s gaming and tourism industry, the industry’s workforce and families, and our state and local economies.

“The Atlantic City gaming industry is a cornerstone of the entire South Jersey economy and reopening it safely at the right time, along with the rest of our shore and  regional businesses, must be our shared priority.”

AtlantiCare will provide resources to assist and collaborate with CANJ in the weeks and months ahead, sharing regional healthcare metrics, data, and forecasts, guidance on reopening protocols; and information on best practices. Moreover it will assist with potential collaboration with other healthcare industry partners in ways that might benefit New Jersey’s casino industry in addressing COVID-19 on an ongoing basis.

“We are grateful for the support and partnership from AtlantiCare as we devise a safe reopening strategy for the Atlantic City casino industry,” said Steve Callender, president of the CANJ. “Our greatest priority is the health and safety of our employees, guests and fellow residents. 

“We want Atlantic City to be ready to open as soon as the government determines it is appropriate to do so. That is why we are working with our regional healthcare provider to develop a comprehensive plan that ensures our properties are prepared and ready to reopen when the stay-at-home order is lifted.”