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News Release | Schenectady, NY Posted on 09.09.20

Doors open at 6 p.m.

Schenectady, NY (September 9, 2020) – Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady will reopen today (Wednesday) at 6 p.m. Rivers Casino temporarily suspended operations on March 16, ahead of the Governor’s orders, to help slow the spread of COVID-19. All U.S. casinos closed soon thereafter. The reopening of Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady was planned in collaboration with the New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) and the Schenectady County Health Department.

Rivers Casino’s new daily hours of operation will be from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Downtime will be used for intensive property-wide deep cleaning in addition to the continuous sanitizing which will take place throughout each day.

Rivers has developed an extensive “Sure Bet Sanitized” cleaning program in partnership with Janitronics and airPHX Technology, along with a number of other new operating procedures in order to comply with, or surpass, the state’s new COVID-19 casino reopening protocols.

All guests and Rivers team members will be required to wear face coverings (masks).

A complete list of property-wide modifications and safety precautions – introduced to help protect guests and Team Members – will be announced soon and published on the casino’s website.

“The Rivers team has been working hand-in-hand with the state to make all the changes necessary to reopen and we will meet, or exceed, all requirements to provide a safe and healthy entertainment environment,” said Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady General Manager, Justin Moore. “The health and well-being of our Team Members, guests and the community is our highest priority. We’re eagerly looking forward to welcoming everyone back to Rivers.”

To comply with state guidelines and promote social distancing, Rivers Casino will be limiting gaming floor capacity to 25% occupancy until further notice. Guests will only be allowed to enter and exit the gaming floor at the entrance near the casino’s Event Center and The Landing Hotel.

The popular Rivers Sportsbook will be reopened, along with slots. Table games will not be available at this time, but will be back in action as soon as possible.

Valet Parking, the Poker Room, The Event Center, Mian, and Johnny’s To-Go, are not scheduled to reopen at this time. However, Flipt, the casino’s burger and sandwich restaurant, will be reopened with an enhanced menu, including select favorites from Duke’s Chophouse and pizza from Johnny’s To-Go. Duke’s Chophouse will reopen with a limited menu and reduced hours of operation.

The Landing Hotel will also reopen next week with all state required health and safety protocols in place.



About Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady: Located at the picturesque Mohawk Harbor near the heart of downtown Schenectady, Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady features 1,150 slots, 67 live table games and a 16-table poker room and a live, in-casino luxury sportsbook lounge. The casino offers five distinctive restaurants—among them are Dukes Chophouse, Flipt, Johnny’s To-Go and Mian. Rivers features a multipurpose Event Center space, a lively entertainment lounge—Van Slyck’s, live music performances, free parking and daily promotions and giveaways. The Landing Hotel is a 165-room, six-story boutique hotel with riverfront views located adjacent to the Event Center. Rivers, which opened in 2017, employs approximately 1,200 team members and has been voted a great place to work in Schenectady. Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady is owned and operated by Rush Street Gaming and its affiliates. For more information, visit


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