After being closed for a lengthy time due to COVID-19, Boot Hill Casino and Resort is set to resume operations Friday at 8 a.m. under pending approval by the Kansas Lottery and state, but in a limited way with new procedures in place.
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After being closed for a lengthy time due to COVID-19, Boot Hill Casino and Resort is set to resume operations at 8 a.m. Friday under pending approval by the Kansas Lottery and state, but in a limited way with new procedures in place.
“This is going to be a lot different,” said Jessica Rabe, senior director of marketing. “We want to be here as a gambling destination for people, but it won’t be the same social experience.
“For the immediate future, we’re really going to be looking at what we can do to adhere to social distancing guidelines so we can keep everybody as safe as possible.”
Boot Hill Casino and Resort will continue to operate under the guidance of a phased reopening plan, reviewed and approved by the Kansas Lottery, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Ford County and the state.
Starting with the first phase, the casino will have limited hours of operations, from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m., to allow for nightly deep cleaning of the facility.
People can also expect gaming to be limited, with machines spaced out and subject to availability.
Table games will be unavailable in the first phase per social distancing guidelines but will eventually be included, along with other machines as the phases proceed.
Rabe says the conservative measures are for people’s safety, and casino officials anticipate and understand the expected frustration.
People will still be able to dine inside the casino, but only one restaurant will be made available.
The Cowboy Café menu will be added to Fireside’s and will be open for brunch between the hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Fireside’s will then close for two hours for deep cleaning and open back up for dinner from 5 to 10 p.m., still Monday through Saturday.
Bars will be available in a limited capacity as well, and there will be no self-service drink stations in the first phase.
Before entering, patrons will be designated to a line, managed by security, and then subjected to screening processes such as temperature checks. They also will be required to fill out contact and symptom forms, with entry being based on the results of said processes.
Additionally, people will no longer be entering and exiting through the main doors, in order to move the line along while following guidelines.
“We’ll be prepared to take on situations as they happen, if they happen,” said Rabe. “We’ll try to move things along as fast as possible.”
Hand-sanitizing stations and plexiglass dividers will be placed in designated areas around the building as precautions, with PPE products being available to both staff and visitors.
The other phases will be evaluated and formulated as the casino works closely with the state to implement them in a fluid fashion. The casino will adapt to changes as they happen.
“The biggest thing we’re asking for is patience,” Rabe said. “We know people are excited to come back and game and we’re excited to be with them, but safety has to be a number one priority and we’re going to adhere to that. Getting our doors open was our first big step, and we will continue working with state officials.”
For more information about Boot Hill Casino and Resort’s reopening procedures, visit www.boothillcasino.com/safety-measures/.