Slot machines at Viejas Casino & Resort
Slot machines at Viejas Casino & Resort in Alpine. Courtesy of the casino

Viejas Casino and Resort in Alpine reopened in limited fashion to a capacity crowd on Monday and three other casinos in San Diego County will follow suit later this week.

Videos taken by reporters and the public showed a line outside the gambling establishment — which reportedly reached capacity by 11 a.m. Most of those in line outside appeared to wear masks and respect social distancing requirements.

Sycuan Casino Resort will reopen Wednesday, Jamul Casino will reopen on Thursday and Valley View Casino & Hotel will reopen Friday.

The reopenings take place roughly two months since the casinos were closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Bingo and poker will remain closed as part of the phased reopening. Restaurants will operate for limited hours and gaming areas will require appropriate spacing between players and staff.

Tables games will be limited to a maximum of three players per table and every other slot machine will be turned off to further encourage space between players.

Patrons and staff will also be required to undergo temperature checks, wear masks at all times and practice physical distancing.

All four casinos are on tribal land, meaning they are not subject to the same state regulations that have limited most business operations in California.

Updated at 7:20 p.m., Monday, May 18, 2020

— City News Service

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.