HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveVolume 26Issue 24Michigan Gaming Control Board Approves Minimum Reopening Guidelines

At its meeting Monday, June 8, the Michigan Gaming Control Board (“MGCB”) discussed and approved minimum requirements for when the 3 Detroit commercial casinos re-open.  Under the current Executive Orders and the Safe Start Plan issued by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, the Detroit casinos are not permitted to open.  Governor Whitmer has not yet announced plans for a reopening date.   

Among other things, the guidelines restrict occupancy to 15%, reduce the entry points and require temperature checks for entrance, ban smoking on the casino floors, require heightened cleaning protocols, ban the opening of the poker rooms, require social distancing among employees and guests and require both employees and guests to wear masks at all times except when eating or drinking.  The full text of the guidelines can be found at https:// www.michigan.gov/documents/mgcb/ MGCB_Minimun_Guidelines_for_Detroit_Casinos_Reopening_693181_7.pdf.  

MGCB Executive Director Richard S. Kalm stated: “In compiling these minimum guidelines, we considered CDC recommendations, Nevada Gaming Board guidelines and information from the National Indian Gaming Commission.  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.”

 

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