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Foxwoods rolling back most COVID-19 protocols

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Mashantucket — Foxwoods Resort Casino announced Thursday it will begin “carefully” lifting most of its COVID-19 protocols while continuing to require that employees and patrons wear masks.

All of the casino’s slot machines will be turned on and ready for play, and capacity restrictions will gradually be lifted for table games, restaurants, theaters, events and retail shops. Regular deep cleaning of high-touch areas and social distancing in some situations will continue.

Gov. Ned Lamont has announced that the state’s remaining COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted May 19.

“The strategic rollback plan for our COVID-19 measures is highly calculated and thoughtfully timed to ensure we do this right and keep our resort safe,” Jason Guyot, Foxwoods’ president and chief executive officer, said in a statement. “With the exception of face masks, all protocols will be lifted by or before May 19, aligning with Connecticut’s plans. We will closely monitor our approach, but are ready to introduce a safe and more relaxed ‘next normal’ environment for our guests and team members ahead of summer.”

Guyot said Foxwoods’ plan to roll back protocols was developed with input from Dr. Setu Vora, chief medical officer of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, which owns the casino.

Foxwoods’ mass COVID-19 vaccination site, operated in a partnership with Hartford HealthCare, has vaccinated more than 35,000 residents since March, Foxwoods said. About 70% of the casino’s workforce has been vaccinated.

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