Late-night players rejoice: The Encore Boston Harbor Casino will be open again around the clock on Wednesday.
The large resort that rises over the banks of the Mystic River in Everett showed “SOON” in lights on the side facing the freeway.
Encore said in a press release that “the reopening will begin with a phased plan that will allow guests to safely enjoy extended hours and amenities previously closed due to COVID-19.”
On Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday it’s open from 9 a.m. to midnight – and then it doesn’t close and reverts to its normal 24-hour schedule.
Governor Charlie Baker has canceled his mandate and urged many companies to close at 9:30 p.m. He had this put back into effect when the coronavirus pandemic worsened again.
But it will be a long way from a full house as Encore says it will continue to operate under a 25% capacity model as the state requires. It will perform temperature scans at all entrances of guests and staff and will mandate face coverings for all staff and staff.
The casino, which opened in June 2019 and hired 5,000 people, laid off 400 employees in September, dropping to 2,700 employees, plus another 915 on vacation.
The casino began cracking down on socially distant issues in its hotel rooms in the summer, evicting groups of up to 110 people from the hotel after it was discovered that they had broken the collective limits and were mostly not wearing masks. Encore also began charging fees and threatening legal action against anyone who did not comply.