CDI’s Calder Gets A Long-Awaited Restart
Article by : Helen Sep 9, 2020

The gambling market in the United States is witnessing a step-by-step recovery. After five months of inactivity, Calder Casino can finally reopen its doors to visitors. Previously, Churchill Downs Incorporated had to pause one of the most profitable assets due to the Covid-19 aftermath.

However, on August 31, CDI’s official platform resumed its work. The operator undertook all obligations to ensure a high level of health safety for visitors and employees. This applies to all regulations and restrictive measures that health authorities have developed for Miami-Dade County. The casino will be able to operate in a restricted mode and provide only part of its services. The hotel complex will also fulfill the official bodies’ requirements to ensure mandatory social landing and additional cleaning of the premises.

The casino staff will also need to do additional disinfection of door handles and other surfaces. Safety protocols indicate that all surfaces subject to frequent contact should be subject to mandatory disinfection several times a day. The operator is also obliged to fulfill the following requirements:

  • Install protective partitions made of plexiglass or polycarbonate in areas that require mandatory social distancing or may facilitate crowding.
  • Install disinfecting devices in various places in the gaming hall and other casino areas.

The casino will have to create information boards that will inform visitors about the necessary social distancing and wearing a face shield. Employees will also have to measure the temperature of each visitor upon entering the casino.

CDI is currently actively training and educating employees to meet the new security requirements. It looks like the casino is taking the relaunch very seriously. The safe and smooth opening of casinos and hotels must be accompanied by full security measures for the gambling halls’ guests.

The resolution to restart another top-class asset, namely Kentucky Derby, was also well received by the state authorities. Governor Andy Beshear mentioned: “Despite some positive developments, Covid-19 is still circulating strenuously in KY. The Administration has already reported that our area is in the red zone. The number of cases in the region continues to grow. I ask all locals to be attentive to their health and take all necessary measures to stop the virus’s spread. This is the only way we can return to our long customs betting on horse racing.”

The decision on a possible relaunch of the top-class Derby was made in May 2020 after extensive discussions with health authorities. As soon as the rates of positive coronavirus tests fell to 2%, the administration breathed a sigh of relief. The history of horse racing in the region dates back to 1875 and included two incredibly popular events, namely the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby. This iconic race is still one of the most popular sports in the United States. Also, this sport is one of the longest-running and continuous throughout the year in the U.S.

Earlier, Churchill Downs management has already announced that it diversified its business in time and invested in developing the online betting segment. This decision allowed one of the largest gaming brands in the United States to endure the consequences of Covid-19, which has covered the entire territory of America.

In 2007, the brand created one of the most advanced gaming platforms for horse racing betting. This applies to the project, which is open to betting in over 39 states. Thanks to strategic planning and the online segment’s active development, the company provided jobs for more than 5500 employees. It seems that the development strategy looks like a win-win one.


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