Michigan: Tribal casino to reopen this week

The Island Resort and Casino in Harris will reopen on Wednesday after closing due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

US.- While much of the US remains under lockdown, a tribal-operated casino in Michigan will open its doors this week.

The Island Resort and Casino in Harris, Michigan will begin its first phase of reopening on Wednesday (May 6) at 8am with its slots and bingo games available to the public.

Its doors have been closed for seven weeks since March 21 due to the Coronavirus pandemic that has hit the gambling industry hard.

Michigan remains under strict lockdown rules preventing casinos from reopening, but the resort is owned and operated by the Hannahville Indian Community.

Under tribal law, the tribe can decide when it wants to open its doors and what, if any, player protection measures are put in place.

In a press release, Island General Manager, Tony Mancilla, said: “All industry precautions are being taken at this time.

“The facility will be cleaned and sanitized on a continual basis. Food and beverage will be served in to-go containers and customers will be offered their own golf cart if requested.

“Customers and employees will be temperature checked at the facility doors. Per CDC guidelines any person with a temperature over 100 degrees will not be permitted in the facility. There will be hand sanitisers throughout the Casino and masks upon request.”

Elsewhere in Michigan, Four Winds Casinos laid off 1,500 employees in April due to the impact of the pandemic.

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