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Atlantic City casinos will remain closed until at least early June

6 May 2020

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy extended his public health emergency today until at least 5 June, meaning the nine Atlantic City casinos will remain closed for the beginning of its most busy time of year.

“Extending this declaration ensures that we can continue using every resource at our disposal to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Murphy. “But I want to ensure that this extension is not interpreted to mean that we are reconsidering our path forward or changing course on the principles I laid out last week in the Road Back plan. We will continue to stand by these principles and protect public health as we responsibly take steps to get the economy moving again.”

Executive Order No. 138 extends all Executive Orders issued under the Governor’s authority under the Emergency Health Powers Act. It also extends all actions taken by any Executive Branch departments and agencies in response to the Public Health Emergency presented by the COVID-19 outbreak.

During the annual Jersey Shorecast hosted by the Levenson Institute for Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism at Stockton University on Wednesday morning, panelists on a virtual platform discussed what tourism might look like this summer if and when the governor gives the go-ahead to reopen the economy.

“As depressing as this situation is, we will get through this. It will be another month or two, and we’ll go through a lot of hardships, and then things will start to return to normal,” said Michael Busler, professor of business studies-finance at Stockton, who advocated for reopening as soon as next Friday, according to an article in The Press of Atlantic City.

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