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Customers wrap around Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway for reopening

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Posted at 6:17 PM, May 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-25 19:26:51-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway reopened Monday with new protocols in place and a line of customers wrapped around the building.

Vice President and General Manager Rick Skinner said the business will be limiting capacity on the gaming floor, and roughly 50 percent of slot machines will be disabled, according to a statement on the Hollywood Casino website.

Floor decals and signage also have been installed to “strictly enforce social distancing guidelines in areas where lines typically form,” the statement read.

Live music is not yet set to return, according to the statement, and food is “limited to prepackaged items from Boulevard and Sunset bar.”

Employees are wearing masks and undergo screenings daily before their shifts begin. Customers are required to undergo screenings and have their temperature checked.

Skinner said the casino's first day back open ran smoothly.

"Everybody seems to be having fun," Skinner said. "We've sanitized this building within an inch of its life. I personally have been involved in it, so I know for a fact all 2,000 machines are completely sanitized."

Todd Bayless traveled to the casino from Topeka for the reopening, but he and his wife decided the long line around the building was not worth it.

"I've never seen anything like this," Bayless said. "It's usually park and go, but I should have expected that they would have something like this due to the pandemic."

Skinner said the casino will close from 2 a.m. to 8 a.m. every day so staff can deep clean surfaces and machines.

More information can be found on the Hollywood Casino website.

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