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Evangeline Downs Casino to re-open Wednesday

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Posted at 5:24 PM, May 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 10:09:17-04

Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel today announced it will reopen to the public on Wednesday, May 20, pending final regulatory approval from Louisiana state officials to resume operations at the property.

Gaming operations will resume on May 20 at 1 p.m., along with a limited number of amenities. The casino will be temporarily limited to 25% occupancy in compliance with state directives.

“As we reopen our doors, the health and safety of our customers, our team members and the community will be our highest priority,” said Vince Schwartz, Senior Vice President of Operations for Boyd Gaming. “Throughout our property, we will implement comprehensive safety protocols approved by local, state and federal health officials. We are excited for the opportunity to reopen Evangeline Downs, and we look forward to offering our customers an enjoyable – and safe – entertainment experience.”

Upon re-opening, Evangeline Downs will practice “Boyd Clean,” a set of comprehensive protocols aimed at protecting the health and safety of its team members and guests. These protocols, which will be followed at all Boyd Gaming properties nationwide, include:

· Mandatory face coverings and temperature checks for all team members;

· Social distancing requirements and capacity restrictions across all customer and team member areas, including casino floors and restaurants;

· Enhanced cleaning and sanitation of all high-touch surfaces, including door handles, gaming machines, handrails and elevator buttons;

· Increased placement of hand sanitizer dispensers throughout our properties;

· Required training for all team members on our safety protocols.

For additional information on the Boyd Clean initiative, visit

In compliance with state requirements, certain amenities will be operating under limited capacity and operating hours. The re-opening is only for the casino and restaurants; the racetrack will announce a live racing schedule at a later date.

A full list of current amenities and schedules is available on the property’s website at