Batavia Downs and all NYS casinos can reopen today, here's what to expect

Posted at 6:25 PM, Sep 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-09 01:05:45-04

BATAVIA, N.Y. (WKBW) — New York State Casinos are allowed to reopen on Wednesday at 25% capacity. Batavia Downs will be allowed to welcome in 750 customers.

Batavia Downs President and CEO Henry Wojtaszek said new additions include floor markers, more than 100 hand sanitizing stations, and an upgraded HVAC filtration system. On Tuesday, final cleanings were underway, as well as testing of the gaming systems that were not used for nearly six months.

“We’re certainly going to try to make the experience very similar to what it was before we closed down in March," Wojtaszek said. "The biggest thing will obviously be everybody keeping their safe distance and everybody keeping their masks on.”

Temperatures will be checked at the door, and masks are mandatory. About half the machines are blocked off to facilitate social distancing. Wojtaszek said approximately 350-400 machines will be open.

The casino's restaurants and bars will also be open, but food and drinks are not allowed on the floor per the state gaming commission. Wotjaszek said that's to help assure there's mandatory mask wearing on the floor.

Smoking will be allowed in the designated smoking rooms.

The casino will be open, starting Wednesday, everyday from 8am to 4am. Wojtaszek said customers will be let in on a first come, first serve, basis. No reservations are necessary.