Workers want virus protections before casinos reopen

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This June 20, 2019 photo shows people playing slot machines at the Hard Rock casino in Atlantic City N.J. New Jersey lawmakers are considering a pair of bills introduced on May 4, 2020 that would give Atlantic City's casinos millions of dollars in tax relief to help them recover from the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Casino workers across the country want their employers to provide them with protective equipment and adopt tough new cleaning and social distancing policies before the gambling halls reopen during the coronavirus outbreak. Union leaders and workers from casinos in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, New Orleans and Biloxi, Mississippi, on Tuesday called for all casino workers to be tested at the casinos’ expense before returning back to their jobs. The call came as New Jersey lawmakers proposed millions in tax breaks for Atlantic City’s casinos to help them survive the virus outbreak.