Twin River casinos set to open in June

Twin River Casinos in Lincoln and Tiverton are set to have a limited, invitation-only opening on June 8th,  Rhode Island Lottery announced on Friday.

LINCOLN, R.I (WLNE) – Twin River Casinos in Lincoln and Tiverton are set to have a limited, invitation-only opening on June 8th,  Rhode Island Lottery announced on Friday.

“We are incredibly excited to welcome back our guests to both of our Rhode Island casinos and to do so in a safe manner,” Marc Crisafulli, the executive vice president of Twin River Worldwide Holdings, said in a statement.

The reopening will be limited to select Twin River reward program members and will include video gaming only, though not all video gaming machines will be active, in order to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

“If you’re invited and you feel safe and you want to go to Twin River, go for it. Follow the rules,
have fun,” said Governor Gina Raimondo during her daily press briefing on Friday.

The first group to receive invitations are able to bring a guest, and will be allowed to the casino as often as they’d like over the course of two weeks, Crisafulli said. More invitations would be extended, “as the experience demonstrates that we can.”

During the initial opening, Crisafulli said the casino would be operating below 25 percent of capacity.

Hours of operation will be restricted from 10:00 a.m to 11:59 p.m, and table games will not be operated until further notice.

Customers and employees will have to adhere to strict public health guidelines, including temperature checks and verbal health screenings.

Face coverings are required and smoking is prohibited during the limited reopening.

“People want to play. There’s a lot of pent up demand, they understand the restrictions,” said Crisafulli.

“There are intense cleaning protocols,” Crisafulli said in an interview Friday afternoon. “Every single night we’ll clean the entire facility end-to-end, and we can do that two to three times a day while everyone is there as well.”

Wipes and sanitizer will be in plentiful supply throughout the casino, Crisafulli said. The casino hopes to encourage people to wipe down machines after use, in addition to its own cleaning.

“We think it’s very important for our guests to know that our reopening plan meets or exceeds all of the guidelines established by the CDC, the State of Rhode Island, the RI Department of Health, and our regulators, the Department of Business Regulation and The Lottery,” Crisfulli said in the statment. “These guidelines are there to keep you well informed so that you may feel at ease as you return to our Twin River properties.”

No date for a full public reopening has been decided at this time, though Crisafulli said the casino had plenty of options to explore as it looks to open more amenities over the summer.

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