Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued a revised COVID-19 order. The state’s casinos are allowed to reopen on Monday, December 21. In Detroit, Motor City and MGM Grand Detroit are located in three commercial casinos in Detroit. They said it will open on Wednesday.
Due to COVID-19, Only 100 Guests Are Allowed at A Time
However, there are strict restrictions on casinos. So there is a question of whether it is worth opening up. The total capacity (only applicable to all indoor places such as movie theaters, stadiums, and bowling alleys) can only accommodate 100 visitors. Apart from the early morning slot player shuffle, 100 visitors are nothing to the casino.
Most importantly, indoor food and beverages are still banned. For casinos, this may not be a big deal. But it is devastating for movie theaters and bowling alleys. Because these places rely on franchising for profit. Of course, although the casino may be able to handle the problem of not serving food or drinks. But this also means that many employees will still be unemployed.
“In the past few weeks, Michiganians across Michigan have stepped up their efforts. They have contributed to slowing the spread of COVID-19. Thanks to our joint efforts, we can now begin to take steps. Be careful to lift what we have. Some agreements are in place,” Whitmer said.
New COVID-19 Cases Dropped Sharply During The Lockdown
Despite the reopening of the casino, Governor Whitmer and Dr. Jonny Halton, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Deputy Director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. All recommend that Michigan residents avoid indoor gatherings.
Michigan began implementing a “three-week pause” on November 18. Previously, COVID-19 statistics have seen a sharp surge. These include a record high in new cases. Almost everything that can be closed needs to be closed. The “suspension” period was extended to December 20.
Although the state has eclipsed only 500,000 total cases. The total number of deaths exceeded 12,000. But due to the sharp drop in new cases, the lockdown appears to be effective. On November 18, the 7-day moving average of new COVID-19 cases each day was 7312.
As of December 21, the number had plummeted to 4,048. That is still too high. But an obvious sign shows that the “pause” has achieved the desired effect. It is easy to understand why this is. Because if people don’t wander around everyone, the virus will not spread.
As one might expect, Michigan’s casino finances have dropped significantly this year. In November 2019, three commercial casinos in Detroit paid $19.7 million in development agreement payments and gaming taxes. In the past month, this number has dropped to $5.7 million.