Program aligned with CDC and New York State guidelines; Patrons not allowed to watch or wager on live racing or simulcast racing
FARMINGTON, N.Y. (Sept. 7, 2020) – Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack has implemented a comprehensive program for the Sept. 9 reopening of its gaming floor that features new health and safety standards aimed at helping keep guests and employees safe.
The program, called Play It Safe™, encompasses Finger Lakes’ new operating procedures, which have been reengineered to minimize contact risk. It includes bolstered hygiene protocols to meet or exceed best-practice guidelines of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As part of this effort, the facility will undergo rigorous, ongoing cleaning and sterilization with Ecolab® products, which are formulated to eliminate bacteria and viruses such as COVID-19 and will close nightly for a deep-cleaning of all public areas.
“Nothing is more important than the health and safety of guests and employees, and our Play It Safe™ program, which Delaware North has successfully implemented for other casino reopenings, is focused on that,” said Chris Riegle, president and general manager of Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack for owner-operator Delaware North. “We’ve worked closely with Gov. Cuomo and the New York State Gaming Commission to ensure we are taking appropriate safety measures to reopen.”
Per the state’s directive, Finger Lakes will reopen at 25 percent capacity with a reduced number of active video gaming machines at least 6 feet apart and employees and guests required to wear face coverings. Live racing, which resumed in July, remains closed to spectators per the state’s directive with no onsite wagering or simulcast race wagering.
Gaming hours will be from 8 a.m. to 4 a.m. daily. Valet parking, coat check, scooter rentals and wheelchairs will not be available. The Lucky North players club will have limited hours.
Reduced food and beverage options will be available. Per the state’s guidelines, there will be no beverage service or food and beverage allowed on the gaming floor.
Key elements of the Play it Safe™ program include:
Employees will undergo comprehensive training on Play It Safe™ health and safety standards and are required to strictly adhere to Play It Safe™ policies and procedures, including rigorous sanitization and hygiene requirements. Employees take a health check, including a temperature screen, when they report to work and are required to wear masks while on duty.
Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack is owned and operated by Delaware North, a global hospitality and entertainment company with a portfolio of regional gaming and entertainment destinations. Delaware North has added the Play It Safe™ program at its gaming destinations in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, New York, Ohio, West Virginia and Australia.
We will reopen gaming at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack on September 9 under the requirements outlined by Gov. Cuomo. We thank the governor and the New York State Gaming Commission for the thoughtful discussion about our reopening plans that helped bring about today’s announcement. We had also noted our experience in successfully reopening several gaming venues in other states under capacity restrictions and our own comprehensive Play It Safe™program.
Play It Safe™ follows U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines on sanitizing protocols and cleaning throughout our venue, as well as mandatory mask wearing, social distancing, temperature checks and other ways that we will help keep our guests and employees safe from COVID-19 and provide them peace of mind while they are in our facility.
We are ready, and we look forward to bringing back our employees and welcoming our guests.