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Churchill Downs to reopen properties in five states

12 Jun 2020

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Churchill Downs Incorporated announced plans to resume operations at five casino properties in Florida, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Maryland and Ohio from 12 June to 19 June 2020, in addition to its previously announced plans to resume operations at Harlow's Casino Resort & Spa in Greenville, Mississippi, Riverwalk Casino and Hotel in Vicksburg, Mississippi and Derby City Gaming, CDI’s historical racing machine property in Louisville, Kentucky.

On Friday, 12 June 2020, CDI plans to reopen Calder Casino and Gulfstream Park West in Miami Gardens, Florida and Lady Luck Casino - Nemacolin in Farmington, Pennsylvania. On Saturday, 13 June 2020, the Company plans to reopen Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans, Louisiana. CDI’s 12 Off-Track Betting locations in Louisiana previously reopened on 18 May 2020. On Friday, 19 June 2020, CDI plans to reopen Ocean Downs Casino and Racetrack in Berlin, Maryland and Miami Valley Gaming in Lebanon, Ohio, the Company’s 50/50 joint venture with Delaware North.

“With these five anticipated property reopenings, CDI will have seven of our ten gaming properties, as well as Derby City Gaming, back in operation across the country,” said Bill Carstanjen, CEO of CDI. “We are grateful to our teams who have ensured smooth, safe and successful reopenings over the past month and to our returning guests who have enthusiastically adapted to new protocols.”

Each property will operate under specific capacity restrictions in compliance with state and local requirements. All CDI properties will implement and practice the “CDI 360 Degree Approach to Safety,” which includes initiatives to facilitate social distancing, personal protection and enhanced cleaning. Some of these protocols include:
  • Increased frequency of cleaning and sanitizing of all high-touch surfaces, including door handles, gaming machines, table games, handrails, and elevator buttons;
  • Mandatory temperature checks of all guests and team members upon entering the building;
  • Installation of plexiglass or polycarbonate dividers in areas of high touch transactions;
  • Increased placement of hand sanitizer dispensers and sanitary wipes throughout our properties;
  • Providing personal protective equipment (PPE) to team members;
  • Utilizing visual aids to assist with measuring social distancing;
  • Capacity restrictions across all customer and team member areas, including casino floors and restaurants; and
  • Required training for all team members on our safety protocols.
CDI will provide the reopening status of additional properties in other states as the dates are confirmed.
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