Detroit casinos limited to 15% capacity upon reopening
The Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) has approved minimum reopening guidelines for Detroit’s three commercial casinos, which will limit each property to 15% of legal capacity and ban smoking on the gaming floor.
A date for reopening is yet to be finalised, after the venues closed from 16 March as Michigan went into lockdown to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (Covid-19).
While this date will be determined by an executive order from Governor Gretchen Whitmer, public health and safety protocols have now been issued, giving an idea of what the venues will look like once they reopen.
Each will be required to limit their entrance points, and check each visitor’s temperature before allowing them entry. Casinos will be limited to 15% of the legal capacity based on Fire Department maximums.
Inside the property, poker rooms will remain shuttered, due to the difficulties in maintaining social distancing at the tables. For other table games, there will be a three-player limit, though this rises to four for roulette and midi-baccarat games, and to six for craps. All dealers must wear masks and face shields.