MGM Resorts set to reopen first US casinos in Mississippi

20th May 2020 7:51 am GMT
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New York-listed casino operator MGM Resorts International has confirmed that it will reopen its casinos in Mississippi next week, the first of the company's US properties to reopen following the temporary closures during the COVID-19 crisis.

Gold Strike Casino Resort in Tunica will reopen in a limited capacity to the public on Monday 25 May, followed by Biloxi's Beau Rivage Resort & Casino a week later on Monday 1 June. Each property will host an invitation-only weekend ahead of its public reopening.

“Our hearts are with everyone in our communities, and around the world, who has been personally impacted by this crisis,” said MGM Resorts acting CEO and president Bill Hornbuckle. “As we plan to reopen our resorts, the health and safety of our guests and employees guide all of our decision-making.

“Getting many of our employees back to work and welcoming guests through our doors once again will allow us to do what we do best - entertain. We can't wait.”

Last week, MGM Resorts released its comprehensive Seven-Point Safety Plan, a set of protocols and procedures designed in conjunction with medical and scientific experts to deter the spread of the virus, protect customers and employees, and rapidly respond to potential new cases.

Employees will be required to wear masks, while guests will be strongly encouraged to do so, and in some settings where physical distancing is more difficult and/or barriers do not exist, will be required to do so. 

A physical distancing policy will be enforced in public areas, with floor guides serving as reminders throughout the properties. For areas where physical distancing presents challenges, plexiglass barriers will be installed, or other measures will be used to reduce risks for employees and guests.

As per Mississippi Gaming Commission guidelines, a 50 per cent capacity restriction will be enforced, table games and slot machines will be configured to allow for appropriate physical distancing, and valet parking will be temporarily discontinued.

Shares in MGM Resorts International (NSQ:MGM) closed down 0.98 per cent at $15.16 per share in New York Tuesday.

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