The Massachusetts Gaming Commission decided on Wednesday to remove the remaining restrictions from the state’s gaming operators. This decision will allow the two casinos in the state to go back to pre-COVID conditions.
The casinos will no longer be required to limit the number of players at tables, have plexiglass dividers, or enforce social distancing. When the casinos first opened, they were not allowed to spread craps, roulette, and poker. The restrictions were imposed due to concerns about the touching of surfaces in the game and the difficulty with social distancing.
Restrictions were eased further in March, and the casinos were again allowed to spread craps, roulette, and poker. However, the number of people at each table was limited to four, including the dealer. Because of the strict limit on people, Encore Boston Harbor and MGM Springfield did not spread poker games due to concerns that it would not be profitable.
Even with the removal of all restrictions, poker may not resume until 2022. MGM Springfield has indicated that they will likely decide on a return by the end of the year.