Michigan Gov Gives Detroit Green Light For Casinos Reopening

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has provided the green light from next week for casino establishments located in Detroit to start operation again.

The step would allow the MGM Grand Detroit, Greektown Casino and MotorCity Casino Hotel to reopen from Wednesday, August 5, by signing executive orders 2020-160 and 2020-161, amending Michigan’s safe start order and issuing revised workplace safeguards.

Under the safe start order, occupancy would be restricted to 15 percent maximum, with casinos also being required to conduct a regular entry screening process for clients and employees.

Casino properties may also allow customers to wear a face mask, except while dining, drinking or identifying.

Whitmer said: “As we see COVID-19 cases continue to rise, Michiganders cannot afford to drop our guard. We must take every step possible to save lives, protect the brave men and women on the front lines, and avoid overwhelming our healthcare system while we continue to combat COVID-19.

“After seeing a resurgence in cases connected to social gatherings across the state, we must further limit gatherings for the health of our community and economy. By taking these strong actions, we will be better positioned to get our children back into classrooms and avoid a potentially devastating second wave.”

In addition, beginning immediately statewide indoor meetings will be limited to ten participants and executive order 2020-160 also specifies that bars in each area will close for indoor service if they receive more than 70 percent of their gross receipts from alcoholic beverage sales.