BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Lady Luck is back in business in Bethlehem. Wind Creek is officially open.
"Our biggest concerns of course is really just welcoming all the guests back, keeping the team members safe and the guests as safe as possible,” said Kathy McCraken, the new General Manager and Executive Vice President for the casino.
She started three weeks before the shutdown. "Many nights I was awake late at night thinking oh how am I going to do this?," she said, totally shutting down a business known for being open 24/7. "The main thing that I learned is that nobody does this alone, it's a team effort."
You can see team work play out inside in order to follow guidelines. The casino is using a reservation system for the game floor, although walk-ins are still welcome. Entrances and exits have been moved. "We don't want people coming and going from the same area,” McCraken said.
Transport buses from New York are still shut down, and guests must wear a mask and have their temperature taken to get inside.
Smoking has been prohibited indoors, and dealers are in masks and face shields. "[We have] two people at a blackjack table and we keep everyone 6 feet apart," McCraken said.
However, that limited capacity means only 60% of their staff was brought back, and this comes as cases are now rising again across the country and in the state.
"Of course you're worried about that all the time," she said. "If that happens we will follow whatever guidelines, again, we just want to keep people safe."
Those bad numbers, though, didn’t seem to be fazing gamblers Monday.