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Harrah's starts accepting hotel guests in phased reopening

Posted at 3:49 PM, May 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-26 18:49:46-04

VALLEY CENTER, Calif. (KGTV) — On the heels of several casino reopenings in San Diego County, Harrah's Resort is phasing in hotel guests after it started its reopening process Friday.

The casino and resort says it has instituted new policies surrounding cleaning and sanitation and physical distancing to adhere to county guidelines and fight the spread of COVID-19.

Changes at the resort include:

  • "All guests will be required to wear their own face mask and will receive temperature checks prior to entering the building
  • All guests must be 21 and older
  • All teammates will wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and will receive temperature checks at the beginning of each shift
  • Proper social distancing must be practiced at all times in all areas of the resort. Security personnel will be prominent throughout the resort to enforce social distancing guidelines
  • Frequent handwashing and hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the resort
  • Limited food and beverage offerings
  • Slot machine banks will be arranged to allow for proper social distancing, as defined by gaming regulation
  • Table games will be limited to a max of three players per blackjack table and four players per roulette"

Tuesday, the resort announced that its hotel has reopened with limited room availability. The hotel is also currently only open to those 21 year of age or older. Even those under 21 with an adult will not be allowed to stay.

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The resort's outdoor pool area, The Dive, is also still closed. Other amenities still closed include:

  • The Spa at Harrah’s
  • The Buffet
  • Fitness Center
  • Valet
  • Poker Room
  • Laurel Lounge
  • Shuttle Services

"We are taking these enhanced health and sanitation measures very seriously,” said Darrell Pilant, senior vice president and general manager of Harrah’s Resort Southern California. “Our goal is to ensure a healthy environment for our teammates and guests with these new measures in place.”

Last week, Pala Casino, Sycuan Casino, and Viejas Casino and Resort reopened to the public.