Oaklawn to Reopen Casino Monday Morning

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Oaklawn announced Wednesday that it plans to reopen its casino at 9 a.m. Monday.

The news follows Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s announcement last week that the state’s casinos could open Monday at one-third capacity and with strict social distancing guidelines in place.

Oaklawn’s Race & Sports Book will remain closed. There will not be any simulcast racing, marketing promotions, events, tournaments, entertainment or live roulette until further notice.

“We are fully prepared to meet or exceed all recommended health and hygiene protocols. While we understand this timing might not be right for some people, just know we will be ready and safe for you when you are,” General Manager Wayne Smith said in a news release. “The health and safety of our guests and employees are of the utmost importance. Of particular interest, on May 2, we concluded a successful race meet, albeit without fans, where we proved that by following strict protocols we could keep our horsemen and staff safe.”

Oaklawn’s reopening plan includes: 

  • Adjusted hours of 9 a.m.-3 a.m. Sunday-Thursday and 9 a.m.-5 a.m. Friday-Saturday;

  • Operating at 33% capacity;

  • Having one entrance for guests;

  • Requiring all guests and employees to have non-invasive temperature checks as they enter the facility (anyone with a temperature over 100 degrees will not be permitted inside);

  • Asking guests to show ID upon entering in case contact tracing will be required; 

  • Requiring guests and employees to wear masks at all times;

  • Limiting the number of guests per shuttle;

  • Limiting guests to every other slot machine to ensure social distancing; 

  • Limiting players in live blackjack games to every other seat with no more than three players per table;

  • Limiting live craps to three players for each side of each table.

  • Prohibiting smoking anywhere inside the facility.

Oaklawn restaurants will also open.

The Track Kitchen will be open from 6 a.m-2 p.m. every day. 

Silks will be open from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and from 11 a.m.- midnight Friday-Saturday. 

Bistro 2705 will be open from 9 a.m.-3 a.m. Sunday-Thursday and from 9 a.m.-5 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Oaklawn said guests and employees will be required to wear masks; extra spacing between tables  and seating limitations of 10 or less per party will be enforced; menus will be disposable and used once; and condiments will be in single-use packets.