Detroit’s three casinos will now be allowed to reopen, at least partially, after Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer made a few changes to the state’s requirements regarding Covid-19. The casinos can reopen at 15% capacity and much follow strict guidelines regarding health and safety for operation.
Over Three Months of Closure:
The casinos will reopen over three months after shutting down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Michigan has been one of the harder-hit states and it has taken more time to try and slow the spread of the deadly virus.
The MGM Grand, MotorCity Casino Hotel, and the Greektown Casino Hotel now await the official reopening date and can begin focusing on preparing the properties to get back to work. Customers and employees will be required to wear a face mask. The only time a mask can be removed is during eating or drinking. Smoking has been banned inside the Detroit casinos.
Anyone entering the three casinos will undergo a health screening. This will include a temperature check. The casinos must provide hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes to employees and customers. High-touch objects must be cleaned consistently, including slot machines. The slot games will need to be placed six feet apart or have a barrier such as plexiglass to keep players separated.
In her order, Governor Whitmer said: “Casinos have been operating safely across most of the country and in tribal areas in Michigan and should be able to do so in the Detroit region as well.”
The MotorCity Casino has specific plans they will follow alongside the state’s directives. According to its president, Bruce Dall, the casino will be shutting down every other slot game. They will also remove seats from table games to cut down on players at one table. Cleaning and disinfecting will take place on a regular basis.
Dall stated further the decision allows the company to bring back many of its employees and provide critical employment as well as health benefits. They look forward to welcoming back guests and staff members safely.