Phased opening will begin with machine gaming.
Black Hawk and Central City will soon be ready to welcome you back to try your luck. On June 6, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment approved a variance to allow the county's casinos to open to the public at 8 a.m. on June 17.
Closing in mid-March due to COVID-19 restrictions, the gaming industry in Colorado, based mostly in Gilpin and Teller Counties, took a huge financial hit. Several thousand people were left out of jobs, as well. The casinos are hoping to begin to recoup losses as they begin a phased opening process.
However, if hitting the tables is your game, you are out of luck ... for now. Only machine gaming will be allowed during the initial reopening, as Colorado health officials wait to ensure a spike in coronavirus cases doesn't occur.
The variance for table gaming will be revisited about three weeks after machine gaming comes back online.
As with all other business reopenings, there are also other guidelines that casinos and visitors must follow to address COVID-19 concerns. Casinos can only operate at 50 percent of capacity, with no more than 175 people in a confined space. All people who work at or visit casinos must be screened for coronavirus symptoms before they are allowed in each business.
As of this writing, Cripple Creek casinos remain closed. Teller County is seeking a variance to reopen, as well, and hopefully, with Gilpin County's casinos opening, it will receive approval soon.
So, get ready to open your wallets, and then lose it all (if you gamble like me, that should take about 20 minutes). Gambling is back in Colorado!
Are you excited for the casinos to open? Will you be going to Blackhawk to hit the machines, even with the restrictions in place? Let us know in the comments!