The re-opening of Encore Boston Harbor could come as soon as the end of the month – with a potential date of June 29 now targeted by Gov. Charlie Baker for opening.
At the same time, Wynn Resorts opened its two Las Vegas properties to the public on Thursday, June 4, and so far they have had good foot traffic and positive safety reviews.
In Everett, Spokesman Eric Kraus said they are fine-tuning their new operations and safety precautions so they will be ready.
“For Encore Boston Harbor, our focus right now is fine-tuning our health and disinfection program; preparing to welcome back our employees and train them on new health and disinfection protocols; and making the necessary enhancements to ensure a safe, quality and enjoyable experience for our guests when we re-open,” he said. “While there is no firm date for our re-opening, there is the potential that the date could be June 29.”
Encore has relied heavily on the experiences with COVID-19 by other Wynn properties in China, and now in Las Vegas. The company has used their experiences to craft a plan for Encore Boston Harbor as well that will combine the experiences from both locations.
Encore Boston Harbor closed in late March after trying to keep things going as long as possible, but realizing the situation had become too dire to keep the doors open. However, the company agreed to continue paying employees through the end of May – including tipped employees.
In Nevada, the Wynn casino properties opened under Phase II of that state’s plan. Things that opened on June 4 included:
•Both Wynn and Encore hotel towers
•Two 24-hour casinos with a variety of table games and slots as well as the Race & Sports Book
•The resort’s full portfolio of fine-dining restaurants, lounges, and casual eateries, several with outdoor seating on open verandas and patios
•Expansive resort pools with private cabanas
•Wynn’s 18-hole championship golf course
•Nightly entertainment at the Lake of Dream
•Three retail esplanades •Full-service beauty salons, barber shop, spa treatments and fitness centers.