Atlantic City legislation to bring relief to casinos during lockdown


Published by Danny Bradford on June 22, 2020 in Industry News

featured image

The novel coronavirus has resulted in a number of businesses being shut down across the world. Casinos are among the many that have had to close their doors in the US since the shutdown was first ordered.

New Jersey’s Atlantic City Casinos have been closed since the evening of March 16 resulting in major financial distress and job losses. While the shutdown was ordered in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus, it has caused mass panic in the industry. Earlier in June, the New Jersey General Assembly’s budget committee approved two pieces of legislation drafted to assist with online casinos and land-based casinos survival in Atlantic City.

The legislative relief

The new legislation will aid with the survival of the nine casinos in Atlantic City during the coronavirus shutdowns.

The New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s order to close the eastern state’s casinos resulted in 26,000 people losing their jobs. Apart from mass job losses the closure of these casinos also put a pause on one of the region’s main economic engines.

With the new legislation, the authorities are hoping to help casinos survive throughout the rest of the lockdown period. The new legislation includes measures that would exempt the venues from things such as a number of licensing fees for the rest of the state-mandated closure. The legislation amendments are known as A4031 and A4032 also include legislation concerning promotional gaming credits and their deduction from gross revenues.

The closure of the casinos has cast a huge shadow on Atlantic City and New Jersey’s tourism industry. The new legislation is set to be put to a vote and the idea is to bring financial relief to the gambling industry and keep casinos afloat during these trying times.

With this legislation, the industry can stabilize and get back on its feet. It will also enable casinos to safely re-open and welcome back employees and guests once lockdown is lifted. The legislation will also enable casinos to resume purchases from New Jersey vendors and make tax payments based on revenues and employment.

Plans for reopening

It has been four months since Atlantic City casinos closed and there is a certain restlessness in the air. While many boardwalk shops and restaurants have slowly started reopening casinos remain closed.

The good news for New Jersey residents is that casinos are currently working on their re-opening plans focusing on implementing safety measures first.

There are no opening dates yet but casinos are hard at work to make casinos safe for players and employees. The hope is to gradually start reopening Atlantic City casinos from the fourth of July but no final dates have been given.

player reviews
Rate casino and write a review
Write Review
Write a review for

We respect your privacy. We are committed to responsible handling and protection of your personal information. By subscribing, you are agreeing to our Terms & Conditions and our Privacy Policy and you confirm that you are 18+. If you no longer want to receive our occasional offers and news, you may opt-out at any time. All our emails include an unsubscribe link.

Submit review

Your reviews help other players find the best casino sites and games to play. Please be honest with your feedback and rating. All submitted reviews will be checked by CasinoTopsOnline quality control team. Submissions that do not follow our review guidelines will not be posted.

Latest News View all
Bingo, Slingo, and Slots - what's the difference?

Bingo is hugely popular for UK players, and as a result they may have given Slingo a try - so what are the key differences between the different sorts of game? We’ve established a brief summary of what each game contains, what players can expect, and what the differences and similarities are between them.

Read more
Most Popular
Esports & Daily Fantasy Sports in the US

Esports has seen a huge uptick in popularity – both in general as a competitive sport as well as in the betting scene. However where does it stand in the US?  Is the increasing popularity and international presence represented in betting and fantasy sports, in the US? We’ve aimed to look into this and find out.

Read more
Showboat Casino in New Jersey

Showboat Casino, the third of four famous Atlantic City casinos, could be eyeing a sensational return to the casino world after being shut down in 2014.

Read more
Gambling Winning Tax Rates Per State

The introduction of online casinos and gaming has seen a shift in the actions of different states and jurisdictions. They're all trying to regulate and approve, and in turn profit from, this new surge in online betting that has seen millions of people register on a variety of online casinos and try their luck.

Read more
888 Casino Expands their Games and Live Casino

Always on the ball when releasing new content, 888 Casino have sought to add a huge amount of new games to their game library. With as many as 50 new slots being added to the site, as well as bolstering access to live casino, the options and variety available for play has increased exponentially. What is there to look forward to? We’ve summarised what’s on offer below so you can look forward to the action as much as we do.

Read more
The Atlantic Club

The Atlantic Club used to be a people's favorite for a long time and was owned and operated by Colony Capital. Over the years, the club had many different names, including Golden Nugget, Bally’s Grand, The Grand, and Atlantic City Hilton (ACH).

Read more
Getting started with Fantasy Sports

With sports events returning to the airwaves, it’s the perfect time to get involved in fantasy sports betting. But how’s the best way to leverage this for betting online and at home? We’ve taken a dive into the world of fantasy sports to advise you on how to make the most of it.

Read more
What are online sweepstakes?

Sweepstakes are amazing fun – and in a casino it makes the fun even greater! With the fast-paced fun that you find on a casino regularly, sweepstakes add an extra touch of excitement. So what makes them so great, and how does a sweepstake work, especially in a casino? We’ve tried to answer those questions here. Read on to learn more about them.

Read more
The future of land-based Las Vegas Casinos

The past few months have results in a drastic revenue loss for many US states where casino games are legal. For states such as Pennsylvania where online casino games are legal gambling industries has been saved from a total collapse. While brick and mortar casinos has been forced to shut their doors due to the pandemic, online casinos in the US are still accessible in states where online gambling is legal.

Read more