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Century Casinos reopens WV Mountaineer resort


Century Casinos has reopened its Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort in West Virginia after the venue closed in March due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. 

The operator said that prior to reopening, it instituted “comprehensive and state-specific safety and social distancing protocols as directed by the West Virginia Lottery” before reopening on 5 June.

These measures include using only one entrance to the venue, temperature checks for all customers and staff and required mask-wearing for staff, while guests will be “strongly encouraged” to wear masks themselves.

The casino will operate at 50% of its capacity, while slot machines and gaming tables will be spaced apart to allow for greater distancing between players.

Racing at Mountaineer has already resumed, from May 31, and Century noted it took in a “record-breaking handle” on that day.

The casino also includes a sportsbook, operated by William Hill, which will also reopen.

Last week, Century also reopened two of its venues in Missouri, as well as restarting online off-track betting operations in Alberta County.

“The Mountaineer, together with our already reopened casinos in Missouri and Poland represents over two-thirds of our company’s revenue before the temporary closures,” Erwin Haitzmann and Peter Hoetzinger, co-chief executive officers of Century Casinos, said.

“Initial business volumes in Missouri and Poland are encouraging,” they added.