Encore Casino Closes Hotel, Reduces Casino Hours Amid New Rules

EVERETT, MA —Encore Boston Harbor is set to close its hotel after the governor announced new pandemic-related restrictions that would limit the casino’s business hours.

The Boston Globe reported that Encore president Brian Gullbrants said in a note to employees Monday that the hotel would be closing immediately.

Beginning Friday, the Globe reported, the resort will reduce its hours open from 24-hours, to noon to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends.

The closure comes just a day after Gov. Charlie Baker announced that all restaurants in the state will have to close at 9:30 p.m. starting Friday as part of his “stay-at-home advisory” amid a rise in coronavirus cases.

Many in the hospitality industry worry that the statewide curfew Baker announced on Monday will further hamper businesses that have been hard hit throughout the pandemic with shifting restrictions on hours, capacity and what constitutes the type of food people need to get to order alcohol.

“With continued efforts from the State to minimize the spread of COVID-19, Encore Boston Harbor continues to operate with a significantly reduced capacity in all parts of our resort,” an Encore spokesperson said in a statement at the time.

The casino initially paid its employees from its closure March 15 through the end of May, but this plan proved unsustainable. After costing its parent company Wynn Resorts $220 million, the casino furloughed about 10 percent of its workforce June 1.

There were 2,700 people working at the resort and 915 on furlough, the Boston Globe reported in August.

Patch has reached out to Encore.

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