When Michigan started testing to know the status of COVID-19 cases in the state, they felt things had been put under control. This gave the state impetus to give 3 commercial casinos in Detroit the go ahead to restart its services this summer.
For months, several establishments including casinos have been under lock and key since mid-March, and there’s no doubt they were anxious to get things going.
However, they had to follow strict COVID rules which stated that their capacity limit should not exceed 15 percent which sort of dampened the excitement. This led to an inadvertent drop in year-on-year revenue.
Yet these casinos still managed to put in extra effort to the point that they were able to earn about 80 percent of the revenue they earned in September last year.
Their joy has been cut short as the gains accrued will now be lost after Gretchen Whitmer – the Governor of Michigan– ordered another lockdown due to a rise in the number of COVID 19 cases in the state.
The instruction was to close shop for the next 3 weeks. Presently, the state has about 251,813 COVID cases and it doesn’t seem to abate any time soon. Since the 15th of October this year, they have had about 1598,000 reported cases.
According to Governor Whitmer, she disclosed that if action is not taken now, more and more people will lose their lives. Worse still, hospitals will be overwhelmed which would definitely compound their problems.
She further reassured residents that it’s a phase and together everyone will get through it by taking the advice of health experts and doing what is right to curb the spread of the virus.
Consequently, there’s every possibility that MGM Grand Detroit, MotorCity and the Greektown casinos will close too. This may lead to the company’s releasing some staff to the labour market, but at this time, there’s been no official confirmation from any of the casinos.
These precautionary measures are not limited to Michigan alone as other states were forced to do same. This has also led to reduced hours in their establishments but so far, Michigan is still the only state to go into complete lockdown.
The state wants to avoid having prime spots and superspreaders that might worsen the already terrible situation.
According to Robert Gordon, the director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), he disclosed that
“Indoor gatherings are the greatest source of spread, and sharply limiting them is our focus. The order is targeted and temporary, but a terrible loss of life will be forever unless we act. By coming together today, we can save thousands of lives.”
In addition, college and professional sports have been given a free pass but they’ll need to stick to “extraordinary standards,” for the games to continue. Unfortunately, fans are still not allowed to return to the stadium until significant progress is made.