The July 4th weekend heralded the long-awaited reopening of the Hard Rock Atlantic City. However, visitors to the Hard Rock will notice quite a few changes. To comply with Governor Murphy’s COVID-19 reopening plans, the Hard Rock Atlantic City has implemented a “Safe + Sound” plan and the Clean Team to make sure both its employees and customers remain safe and comfortable.
Joe Lupo, the president of Hard Rock Atlantic City, said, “We look forward to welcoming back our loyal team members and guests for an exhilarating summer at the Jersey Shore. Our top priority over the last few months has been developing our new ‘Safe + Sound’ protocols to ensure a comfortable environment to stay, play, and work.”
Important Details of the Hard Rock Atlantic City Safe + Sound Plan
For both guests and team members, these new rules will apply:
- Temperature checks via thermal imaging before entering
- CDC approved mandatory masks
- Social distancing rules
- Increased cleaning by the Clean Team
- Improved indoor air quality
- A partnership with AtlantiCare for training, telehealth, contact tracing, and more.
- Due to reduced occupancy, guests must be 21 years or older to visit Hard Rock Atlantic City, unless they have a restaurant or hotel reservation.
Big Changes on the Hard Rock Atlantic City Gaming Floor
Hard Rock Atlantic City is taking every necessary health and safety measure as it resumes action on the gambling floor. These changes include:
- Plexiglas has been installed at the casino services cage and wildcard services, between the table games and at the Hard Rock sportsbook.
- Guests are required to keep one vacant seat between every slot machine and at table games.
- The 1,000 air filters throughout the common areas will be frequently changed
- The HVAC system will completely cycle the air 10 to 12 times per hour
- Upgraded cleaning and frequently disinfecting high-touch surfaces.
These guidelines are very similar to the reopening plans of the other Atlantic City casinos.
Food and Drink at Hard Rock Atlantic City
The good news is, the Fresh Harvest Buffet is the only restaurant at the Hard Rock that that will remain closed until further notice. All of the other restaurants are open, with limited occupancy. The Hard Rock Cafe and Sugar Factory will also offer an outdoor dining option for the comfort of the guests.
These are the open dining options at the Hard Rock:
- Hard Rock Cafe
- Council Oak Steaks & Seafood
- Il Mulino
- Flavor Town
- Youyu Noodle Bar
- Sugar Factory
- White House Subs
Hard Rock Beach Bar is Open
Summer visitors began arriving in Atlantic City Memorial Day weekend, before the casinos were reopened. Hard Rock Atlantic City was ready to greet them at the outdoor Beach Bar. Visitors can enjoy the warm, sandy beach, and enjoy relaxing with a frozen cocktail in one of the lovely beach cabanas.
Moreover, Atlantic City recently approved open container alcohol on the boardwalk, allowing visitors to buy alcoholic drinks on the boardwalk, and enjoy the sunshine on most of the Boardwalk, as well as the areas around Gardner’s Basin, St. James Place and on New York and Tennessee Avenues.
Live Entertainment Remains Dark at Hard Rock Atlantic City
Currently, there is no plan for rebooking previously scheduled acts, such as the Jersey Boys, Mary J. Blige, or Chicago the Musical. Also, there is no live entertainment scheduled for July.
However, live entertainment tentatively resumes in September:
- Joan Jett and the Black Hearts are scheduled for September 11, 8 pm at Sound Waves.
- The Drifters, The Platters The Legends and The Cornell Gunter Coasters are scheduled for September 12, 8 pm at Sound Waves.
Beginning in October, top-notch live entertainment will resume on Friday nights at the Sound Wave.