EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino is set to reopen today, Friday.

The casino will be operating at 25% capacity. Some changes include temperature checks which will be taken with thermal cameras as soon as you walk in the door. Cameras also keep count of how many people are inside. Slot machines are now spaced six feet apart. There are also plexi glass dividers in place and hand wipes available for guests.

This after almost a year of being closed due to COVID-19, officials say the casino received the green light from the Governor of New Mexico to reopen for the first time since March 15, 2020.

“Per the February 24, 2021, Health Order Issued by the State of New Mexico, Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino has been approved to reopen to the public at 25% capacity,” said Ethan Linder the Director of Marketing for Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino.

Linder adds that per the public health order in the state there will be no indoor dining but the slots will be open and wagering on horses can be done via simulcast.

Valet parking will not be available yet to ensure safety against COVID-19.

Officials say they are hiring for many positions and if you are interested you can call 575-874-5200 and ask to speak with Human Resources.