Play It Safe: Live! Casino Philly Earns Forbes Health Security Seal of Approval, Patron Praise

Written By Kevin Shelly on March 12, 2021

Live! Casino Philadelphia is now listed as a Sharecare Health Security property in the Forbes Travel Guide. The parent company for Live!, Cordish, has a second casino in Hanover, Maryland, which also earned the honor.

The list is select, with just ten casino-hotels in the nation and only three other hotels in PA recognized.

Live! verification comes with a Forbes seal of approval

Verification assures that guests and travel planners can book at properties with health and safety procedures in place. The verification comes with an easily identifiable seal of approval – a Sharecare VERIFIED Forbes Travel Guide badge.

Earning the badge depends on a hotel’s compliance with validated best practices meant to minimize both the risks and impacts of COVID-19 and potential future health risks.

Play It Safe plan

Rob Norton, President of Cordish Gaming Group, said the company’s Play It Safe plan led to the designation of its properties.

He explained:

“Our comprehensive Play It Safe plan with best practices provided by the Centers for Disease Control, John Hopkins University School of Public Health and guidelines from the States of Maryland and Pennsylvania has enabled us to be leaders in the industry on health and safety.

“We’re proud to be verified by such a prestigious organization. We continue to stay vigilant at all our locations to meet and exceed COVID-19 safety guidelines.”

Live! must continually verify it meets standards

The comprehensive verification covers more than 360 standards. Included are health and hygiene protocols, cleaning products, sanitizing procedures, ventilation, physical distancing, the guest experience, and health safety communication.

Hotels must also verify their health protocols on an ongoing basis.

Filip Boyen, CEO of Forbes Travel Guide, explained:

“The pandemic has made it clear that hotels and resorts must, first and foremost, assure guests of their safety. By becoming VERIFIED, Live! Casinos & Hotels in Maryland and Philadelphia have demonstrated their commitment to creating a culture of accountability and following global best practices to heighten health security, verified by a third party.”

Online customer reviews praise the cleanliness

A scan of the patron reviews at the new facility shows customers have noticed Live!’s upkeep and safety measures.

“Omg, the Casino is so clean and lovely. It smells like it’s new right out of the box,” wrote one customer.

Another said, “Great place! Follows COVID rules. Great atmosphere.”

A third patron summed up, “This casino really stepped up during the COVID crisis to make the guest feel safe.”

PlayPennsylvania recently published a three-part lead-up series highlighting all you can expect from the newest Philadelphia casino. Catch up here:

Lead image c/o Live! 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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