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We're Open: Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino

We're Open: Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino
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Posted at 5:59 PM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 23:05:46-04

Familiar sounds at Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino in Opelousas, which can once again say "We're Open."

In Phase One, the facility will look a bit different. The casino will be temporarily limited to 25% occupancy in compliance with state directives.

The casino is planning to keep guests safe while enforcing social distancing guidelines.

Evangeline Downs is the first of three Boyd Gaming Casinos that will be open to the public and staff say the experience for customers will look and feel different.

"All of our employees and gonna be wearing face masks and we're gonna be encouraging our guests to wear them as well and if they don't have one provide them with one," said Boyd Gaming Senior Vice President, David Strow.

With the casino floor back open for gambling, Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino isn't taking any chances when it comes to COVID-19.

"You're going to walk by a thermal camera. It'll give the read out to the employee who is monitoring that. If a customer does not have a fever, they're hardly going to notice that we did it. If a customer does register a temperature, we would them to step aside and then we would take a forehead check of their temperature to confirm is they do have fever or if it was just a misread," said Strow.

The casino will have 675 of their 3,450 slot machines available to play and the 25% capacity means a limit to 862 people allowed inside at once.

"Slot machines will be separated so that two people can't sit at two slot machines that are right next to one another. There will be markers on the floor, stay six feet apart. So all these measures will be in place to reminds folks of the need for good social distancing," said Strow.

Strow says if you're hoping to clean up at the slots, staff will be cleaning too. They will be disinfecting all surfaces in the interest of everyone's safety.

"We hope they understand why we're doing it and why it's important. We wanna have them back. We want have them having fun again but we also want to keep them safe," said Strow.

The hotel is also back open and the only restaurant that is currently open is The Cafe. Once the state moves into Phase Two, then Boyd Gaming will decide what else will reopen.
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