You Can Now Drink On The Floor At Philly Casinos

Posted By Kevin Shelly on May 28, 2021 - Last Updated on May 31, 2021

Casinos, even Philadelphia casinos where restrictions due to COVID-19 have been stricter than the rest of the state, are getting closer and closer to normal, including allowing patrons to have a drink on the gambling floors.

Live! Casino Philadelphia and Rivers Philadelphia are now allowed to serve beverages without requiring gamblers to order something to eat. The loosening kicked in on May 21. Drinks are complimentary when gambling on the casino floor in Pennsylvania.

Masks still required in Philly casinos

Masks are still required at both properties due to local regs. But casino guests can ‘dip while they sip’ from their drinks. Bar service was nixed last July.

Philly casinos can operate at 50% maximum capacity or 75% maximum capacity if they meet enhanced ventilation standards.

Mask rules in Philly could lift on June 11.

Masks are still mandated at:

  • Wind Creek Casino
  • Live! Casino Pittsburgh

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said the Pennsylvania casinos may increase to full capacity on Memorial Day (May 31).

Broader PA health regs

No masks are needed if fully vaccinated at these other PA casinos:

  • The Meadows
  • Rivers Casino Pittsburgh
  • Valley Forge Casino
  • Harrah’s Casino Philadelphia
  • Hollywood Casino
  • Parx
  • Presque Isle Downs
  • Lady Luck Nemacolin
  • Mount Airy Casino
  • Mohegan Sun Pocono

Masks are optional outdoors in PA. And masks are not needed indoors if you are fully vaccinated.

Photo by Courtesy Rivers Casino Philadelphia
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Kevin C. Shelly is an award-winning career journalist who has spent most of his career in South Jersey. He's the former assistant city editor of The Press of Atlantic City, where he covered the casino industry and Atlantic City government as a reporter. He was also an investigative, narrative enterprise, and features reporter for Gannett’s Courier-Post.

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