WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (June 4, 2020) – Southland Casino Racing will reopen certain types of table games at 10 a.m. June 8 with new health and safety standards under Delaware North’s Play It Safe™ program.
The reopened table games will feature Blackjack and carnival games. Craps and Roulette are not included at this time.
“We’re very excited to be bringing back table games after taking significant steps to ensure we are doing so in a way that helps safeguard the players,” said David Wolf, president and general manager of Southland Casino Racing. “We’ve seen how popular they are since we were able to add them a year ago.”
Key elements of the Play It Safe program for table games:
- State-of-the-art shields/dividers have been installed at every table.
- Employees and customers are required to wear masks in accordance with the Play It Safe guidelines.
- The on-site Clean Team, which is equipped with Ecolab® multi-surface cleaner and disinfectant, will help protect guests by dispensing hand sanitizer and spot cleaning at the tables and other surfaces on request.
- Guests are having hands sanitized upon entering the building. Hand sanitizer dispensers are available in the Pit areas for guest convenience. Hand sanitizer may be provided upon request.
- All blackjack games will be dealt in a way that guests do not make hand contact with the cards.
- In any game in which guests handle cards, the decks will be removed and replaced with new decks every two hours.
- Disinfectant is being applied to the chips daily prior to opening.
- When a guest departs a table, that player’s area will be sanitized.
Southland implemented the comprehensive Play It Safe program ahead of its May 18 reopening to help keep guests and employees safe while slowing the spread of COVID-19. It encompasses Southland’s new operating procedures, which have been reengineered to minimize contact risk, as well as bolstered hygiene protocols to meet or exceed best-practice guidelines of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The facility also undergoes rigorous, ongoing cleaning and sterilization with Ecolab® products, which are formulated to eliminate bacteria and viruses such as COVID-19, and closes nightly for a deep-cleaning of all public areas.
Southland reopened at one-third capacity per the state’s directive, with a reduced number of slots and no table games, live racing, simulcast wagering or sports betting. Live racing, simulcast wagering and sports betting remain closed at this time. The Lucky North players club has limited hours, and food and beverage options are also limited, with the World Market Buffet closed. On an ongoing basis, the closed or limited services are being assessed for reopening.
The casino’s hours are 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Southland Casino Racing is owned and operated by Delaware North, a global hospitality and entertainment company with a portfolio of regional gaming and entertainment destinations. Delaware North is implementing Play It Safe throughout its gaming portfolio, which includes destinations in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, New York, Ohio, West Virginia and Australia.
About Southland Casino Racing
Southland Casino Racing features over 2,000 slots plus live table games – as well as the World Market Buffet, Bourbon St. Steakhouse and other food and beverage options. A $250 million expansion, including a new gaming complex and 20-story hotel, in under construction. Southland has long been a pivotal fixture of the West Memphis community, supporting the community with jobs, business stability, and economic contributions. It has consistently won awards for its outstanding community service, including millions of dollars donated to neighborhood charities and educational institutions. Southland is owned and operated by Delaware North, a global leader in hospitality. More information is available at www.southlandcasino.com.
About Delaware North
Delaware North is one of the largest privately held hospitality and entertainment companies in the world. Founded in 1915 and owned by the Jacobs family for more than 100 years, Delaware North has global operations at high-profile places such as sports and entertainment venues, national and state parks, destination resorts and restaurants, airports, and regional casinos. Our 55,000 employee associates are dedicated to creating special experiences one guest at a time in serving more than a half-billion guests annually. Delaware North operates in the sports, travel hospitality, restaurant and catering, parks, resorts, gaming, and specialty retail industries and has annual revenue of about $3.7 billion. Learn more about Delaware North at www.DelawareNorth.com.