It’s all clear to “Do AC” again.
Gov. Chris Christie announced that Atlantic City’s casinos were allowed to reopen as of 10 a.m. on Friday, and travel restrictions into the city were no longer in place.
Berkeley Patch reported that Christie said according to Division of Gaming Enforcement Director David Rebuck, a complete analysis of casino floors, equipment, surveillance, security and computer systems has been completed. Most damage to the casinos was found to be fairly minor.
The 12 casinos in Atlantic City were ordered to be closed on October 28 as part of the evacuation order for the hurricane. Brigantine, Longport and Margate were reopened on Thursday, but Ventnor was not accessible on Friday morning.
The New York Post reported that the Golden Nugget was the first casino to respond, re-opening its doors in an hour and a half. The others were re-opening at staggered times.
Hurricane Sandy marked only the fourth time in New Jersey's 34-year history of gambling that the casinos were forced to close, according to an Associated Press report on MSN Money. The last time was when Tropical Storm Irene shut them down for three days in 2011, costing Atlantic City $45 million in lost revenue.
Complete damage estimates have not yet been released by Atlantic City officials, but according to Travel Weekly, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said that New Jersey would be getting $10 million in emergency funding from the government.
According to Businessweek, the American Gaming Association reported that Atlantic City came in second behind Nevada with $3.3 billion in spending in 2011. Winnings had fallen to $2.4 billion through September, the state gaming enforcement division said.
Most concerts scheduled for this weekend at the casinos have been cancelled. Openings for the casinos and other Atlantic City events can be found here.