Detroit casino-goers can roll the dice again Wednesday . . . in all senses

December 22, 2020, 9:47 AM

Two Detroit casinos reopoen tomorrow as state restrictions relax. Operators try to ease concerns that patrons could be gambling with health safety.

MGM Grand, where gaming restarts at 5 p.m. Wednesday, posts about "strict protocols in place for your safety, including physical distancing and enhanced cleaning and sanitization." 

MotorCity says it has "invested considerable time and effort to prepare ... for an opening, with our highest priority being the health and safety of our employees and guests." Doors unlock at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Greektown Casino isn't ready yet. "We ask that you remain patient while we continue to work with the Michigan Gaming Control Board, public health officials, state and local  leaders," it posts Monday. "We look forward to opening a safe gaming environment for you soon."

MGM Grand table games return Saturday morning. (Photo from casino)

The health department's partial lifting of activity limits, which took effect at midnight Monday, also allows restarts by theaters, bowling alleys, bingo halls and arcades. Inside food and beverage service remains off-limits so patrons can stay masked. Ditto on indoor smoking.

MGM Grand's poker room remains shut, as does its hotel until Jan. 25. The casino posts this info:

  • Over 1,500 slots and video poker machines will be available, along with the BetMGM Sportsbook.

  • Table games will open beginning Saturday, Dec. 26, at 8 a.m.

  • Coat check is unavailable.

  • Valet service also remains closed. Guests must enter through the self-park garage.

MotorCity says: "We're able to accommodate more than 1,600 people in the casino at any time, so we don't anticipate long lines or wait times. The casino occupancy page on our website will let you know how busy it is on the gaming floor, showing you the available spots, so you can decide when to visit."  

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