Encore Boston Harbor announced last Friday that, due to the lifting of state restrictions, it will re-open 24-hours a day starting Weds., Jan. 27, and that expansion will allow them to bring back 500 furloughed employees.
It is a change that is a long-time coming as the casino has been hampered by a 9 p.m. closing time for several weeks, though still attracting customers to the gaming floor. The change also allows more employees to come back to work – perhaps the best news for many Everett residents.
“As a result of the curfew being lifted and Encore being able to resume 24-hour operations, we are pleased to be bringing back 500 people who were previously on furlough,” said Spokeswoman Rosie Salisbury this week.
Encore Boston Harbor announced Friday that, as the Commonwealth lifted curfew regulations on Jan. 25, and pending approval from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC), it will begin re-opening with a phased plan which will allow guests to safely enjoy extended hours and amenities that have been previously closed due to COVID-19, including opening the hotel and spa in February.
Councilor Michael McLaughlin, who represents the area, said he was glad to see Gov. Charlie Baker open the gates to allow the casino to have more leeway, particularly since there have been no major outbreaks attributed to Encore since it re-opened last summer.
“I am pleased that, finally, Gov. Charlie Baker has agreed to let go of the strong hold on what I would call the wrong focus and give businesses the opportunities needed to move forward,” he said. “I hope he will continue by shortly increasing capacity from 25 percent.”
The resort will offer the same exceptional service and gold standard health and safety protocols that guests have come to know and expect from Encore, a Wynn Resort.
On Monday, January 25 and Tuesday, January 26, the casino extended its hours from 9 a.m. until midnight. Starting Wednesday, January 27, the casino plans to be open 24-hours a day, seven days a week. The hotel will begin hosting guests Thursday through Sunday evenings starting on Thursday, February 4, and The Spa will re-open on Saturdays and Sunday beginning Saturday, February 6.
Resort amenities available include:
•A 210,000 square foot casino floor which has been reconfigured to safely accommodate social distancing while still providing a superior gaming experience. Available in the casino:
•Electronic Table Games
•High Limit Table Games
•High Limit Slots
A variety of dining options with varying schedules for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including:
•On Deck Burger Bar
•Encore Ramen x Cantina
•Watches of Switzerland
Numerous health and safety measures will remain in place and include:
•The resort will continue to operate under a 25% capacity model per State regulations;
•Non-invasive thermal temperature scans at all guest and employee entrances;
•Mandatory face coverings for all employees and guests, provided complimentary for our guests;
•Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures and increased frequency of all guest areas 24 hours a day;
•Hundreds of hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipe stations available throughout the resort; and
•Appropriate and comfortable physical distancing in all gaming and dining areas.
All Encore Boston Harbor employees have been thoroughly trained in health and safety protocols. Encore Boston Harbor’s Health and Safety Plan was created in consultation with leading public health professionals in addition to MGC requirements and recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The full plan can be viewed on encorebostoninfo.com.