MGC Approves Requirements to Ensure Compliance with COVID-19 Order No. 59

In keeping with COVID-19 Order No. 59, the Commission determined during a public meeting on December 22, 2020 to supplement the Minimum Requirements For the Initial Phase 3 Opening of Gaming Establishments with the instant Requirements to Ensure Compliance with COVID-19 Order No. 59.  These supplemental Requirements direct as follows:

  1. Each gaming licensee may continue to abide by the formula for occupancy set forth in the June 23, 2020 Gaming Guidelines, but in no event may the occupancy level of the gaming establishment exceed the 25% level set forth in Order No. 59. In calculating the 25% capacity limit under this Supplemental Requirement, workers and staff are included in the occupancy counts.
  2. For Amenities: Each gaming licensee shall abide by the 25% occupancy limits established in Order No. 59 for applicable sectors.
  3. Each gaming licensee shall develop a Plan, including a Communications Plan, to ensure that compliance with the 25% occupancy limits is achieved in an effective, safe, and orderly manner, including in instances when additional guests may seek entry to the gaming establishment after the occupancy limit has been reached.
  4. These Supplemental Requirements are effective at 12:01 AM on December 26, 2020 and shall remain in effect until 12:00 noon on January 10, 2021, unless further extended by Order of the Governor or by Order of the Commission.

The Commission also voted, notwithstanding any provision of an approved simulcasting guideline to the contrary, the maximum occupancy at the simulcasting facilities at Suffolk Downs, Raynham Park and Plainridge Park Casino be limited to 25% of the authorized capacity, consistent with Governor Baker’s COVID-19 Order No. 59 dated December 22, 2020, and further that the limit become effective on 12:01 a.m. on December 26 and shall remain in effect until 12 noon on January 10, 2021, unless further extended.

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