Mini-Foxwoods is what the plan sounds like. It seems years ago that the “Wonder of It All” had 6300 slots and seven different casinos incorporated into one property. Since then, Foxwoods has consistantly downsized its gambling offerings while adding entertainment and rides. Now, due to the pandemic, the Once Largest Casino Is About To Become Even Smaller.
Closed Areas and Furloughs
Foxwoods refuses to admit the lack of visitation is the problem. Jason Guyot, Foxwoods’ interim chief executive officer, blames “the continued spread of the COVID-19 virus throughout [southeastern CT] has led to increased public concerns and continued state restrictions, which have all resulted in significantly reduced business volumes for us here at Foxwoods Resort Casino.”
Foxwoods is returning to “Phase 1 reopening plan with a few small exceptions.”
Jason Guyot, Foxwoods’ interim chief executive officer
Rise of COVID Cases in Connecticut
New London County has the fourth-highest number of cases in the state as of December 4th. Foxwoods Resort and Mohegan Sun are in Ledyard (Mashantucket) and Uncasville, respectively. Southeastern Connecticut continues to be a hot spot in December.
Winter Changes At Foxwoods Resort
Foxwoods is moving towards winter hours and operations for some parts of the property.
The Fox Tower hotel is closed. The tower’s gaming floor hours are now noon to 2 a.m. Friday through Sunday. MGM shared this area until 2013. Closed venues still include The TopGolf Swing Suite, Juniors, Shrine, and the Food Court.
Fox Tower Entertainment – Comedian Anthony Rodia’s Grand Theater performances Friday and Saturday night were to be the casino’s last shows for the time being. All shows scheduled after December 5th in the Grand Theater are postponed or rescheduled. However, Centrale’s weekend music and comedy will continue on schedule.
Great Cedars Hotel and Casino Area
Great Cedar Hotel will remain open Thursday – Sunday only beginning December 7th (reopening Thursday, December 10th). The Great Cedar Casino Table Games will be temporarily close beginning December 11th. Live table games can be found in the Grand Pequot Casino.
Closed dining includes Day Da Bakery, Fudruckers, Sbarro and Cake by Franck.
Rainmaker Experiment Didn’t Last Long
Rainmaker Casino will temporarily close, beginning December 4th, along with the ATRIUM Bar & Lounge. Last month, the Rainmaker Casino was a Foxwood’s innovation, as a slots room reserved for patrons 55 and older. Related Post – Is Foxwoods Rainmaker Casino Gimmick, Appreciation, or Desperation
Also, the Bingo schedule is now Wednesday – Sunday only.
More Furloughs in New England’s Casinos
Much like casinos in the rest of the country, New England’s casinos have had to deal with capacity restrictions, leading to property furloughs and layoffs. According to Guyot, the 130 furloughs mostly involve employees in the shut down areas. Guyot said he hopes to be able to rehire furloughed workers after New Year’s. He said a total of about 2,800 full- and part-time employees and “casuals,” who work as needed, remain employed.
Who Can Visit Connecticut
Restrictions on Massachusetts travelers, in particular, have hurt Foxwoods. According to The Day’s Brian Hallenbeck, Guyot said, “We’re still welcoming residents of Massachusetts to stay for multiple nights.” Hallenbeck continues to point out the “Connecticut’s travel advisory requires travelers from listed states and territories to quarantine for 14 days or provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test if visiting Connecticut for more than 24 hours. New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island are exempt from the advisory.”
There is still so much to do and experience at Foxwoods with the cutbacks. But, Foxwoods is a modicum of itself in its heyday. To see what’s open, check their website.