COVID-19 Update: Casinos Get Reopening Rules But no Start Date, Hospitality Group Publishes Guidelines, and More – dbusiness.com

COVID-19 Update: Casinos Get Reopening Rules But no Start Date, Hospitality Group Publishes Guidelines, and More – dbusiness.com


map of Michigan coronavirus cases
Courtesy of Bridge, as of June 8

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State Government – Casinos Get Reopening Guidelines
The Michigan Gaming Control Board Monday approved minimum reopening guidelines for the Detroit casinos to protect public health and safety but has yet to set a date for actual reopening. The casinos will remain closed until reopening can be permitted under Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Safe Start Plan.

“In compiling these minimum guidelines, we considered CDC recommendations, Nevada Gaming Board guidelines. and information from the National Indian Gaming Commission,” says Richard S. Kalm, executive director of the MGCB. “We required the casinos to propose reopening plans, and we consulted with the casino unions on the guidelines. We believe the guidelines will protect the public when it is safe to reopen the casinos.”

The minimum guidelines for initial opening include:

  • Limit of 15 percent the legal capacity at each casino.
  • Limited entrance points with temperature checks.
  • A ban on smoking on the casino floors.
  • No poker rooms.
  • Heightened cleaning protocols.
  • Social distancing.

To view the guidelines, visit here.

State Hospitality Association Publishes Reopening Guide
The Lansing-based Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association has released “A Safe Welcome Back,” a step-by-step guide to navigating lodging reintegration. It
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