Gaming returns at Batavia Downs after nearly 6-month closuree

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BATAVIA — Batavia Downs Gaming’s facilities did not completely reopen Wednesday, but the gaming floor was a different scene than it had been for almost six months as patrons were allowed back starting at 8 a.m.Henry Wojtaszek, Batavia Downs Gaming president and CEO, said Batavia Downs is happy to have customers back, but added, “We just have to make sure that they comply with the rules set down by the Gaming Commission, which involve making sure we have a temperature check, using the sanitizer often and wearing the masks. That’s important in order to keep us open.”In announcing last week that casinos and video lottery terminal facilities would be able to reopen, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said betting and gaming facilities would have a 25-percent occupancy limit. There is also the 6-foot social distancing requirement. Wojtaszek said Batavia Downs Gaming will comply with the mandates by New York state.“We have plenty of masks for people who want to come in. We have plenty of masks for people who to use if they didn’t bring their own. We’ve certainly sanitized the place thoroughly in the last couple of days in anticipation of the opening. We have …

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