The two casinos in Maine don’t get much love from most of New England. People I question about Maine casinos don’t usually know anything about them. Some aren’t aware they exist. Closed for months, reopening was questionable until July. However, both casinos are now open. Maine Casinos Reopen with a Twist.
Both casinos will have strict health and safety protocols in place. Such protocols include protective face masks for everybody, customers and employees both. The only time they may be removed is when eating and drinking or smoking in designated areas. Governor Mills’ Executive Order allows for face shields in place of a face covering, provided that such face shield extends below the chin and covers the ears.
ALL Guests are required to go through the Contact Tracing Check-in and show a valid physical state-issued ID, and provide a phone number to ensure proper contact tracing. 6-foot social distancing is required with no gathering in the common or slot areas. ALL Guests and Team Members must have their temperature taken before entering the building. Anyone with a temperature of 100.0 F or higher will not be allowed into the building.
Maine Casinos Reopen with a Twist
One protocol stands out from the rest of New England’s casinos. The size of these two casinos is quite small. And unfortunately, occupancy will be limited to 200 at Hollywood Bangor and 300 at Oxford. In addition, Maine’s Department of Public Safety is still limiting gatherings to 50 people or fewer. So, Oxford and Hollywood Bangor’s needed a solution to take care of all that.
Quadrants! Each casino is broken up into four quadrants of 50 guests max. There will be checkpoints setup between each zone. Also, guests are only be permitted to move to another quadrant if the destination has fewer than 50 people.
Each quadrant has limited amounts of slot machines, the only for of gambling at this time. Table games are not be available. Limited dining will also be available; no bars or buffets will be open.
Hollywood Bangor ReOpens with Hotel
The hotel is open and taking reservations. Hollywood Bangor, owned by Penn National Gaming, is the smallest casino in New England. Penn National Gaming also owns Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville, Massachusetts.
The hours are 9 a.m. – Midnight daily, with deep cleaning and sanitation performed when closed. Take 2, the take out station, has limited offerings. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday.
Limited to just slot machines open, no table games includes Hollywood Bangor’s Poker Room. Neither live racing or simulcast will be reopening at this time.
Oxford Casino Opens After Hesitation
According to COVID-19 results for Maine, Oxford county is doing pretty good regarding the issue of the pandemic. So, with the opening of the casino, there was concern that opening would cause a spike.
The casino is asking guests to stay home if they are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. “Please do not visit if you have a fever, if you are not feeling well, have recently traveled outside the U.S., or have had contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19. Stay home and visit when the time is right.”
Oxford Casino – What’s Open? What’s Not?
A limited menu is available at the Food & Beverage Service Area. However, neither OX Pub, nor Oxford Express will reopen in the initial phase. The following amenities will not be available for the foreseeable future:
- Buffets in the Oxford Grill
- The self-service beverage station
- Parking lot shuttle service
- Coat check
- The Event Center
All nine of New England’s casinos are now open. Please check any casino’s website before visiting.