Too little too late! Detroit casinos will finally reopen, but without all the former staff. The former employees of the three local venues may not all be on tap the MGM Grand Detroit, Penn National Gaming’s Greektown and the privately held, MotorCity.

Governor Whitmer said that the state’s numerous tribal casinos, operated by sovereign entities, aren’t subject to the state’s authority and they have already reopened. For everyone else there are strict limits on their operations.

They involve a 15% cap on occupancy. Guests must all wear masks (unless eating or drinking) and they may not smoke inside the casinos. Things just won’t be the same with a moratorium on self-serve food or drink, valet service, coat check and all live entertainment.

Plus, croupiers will wear masks, and the number of players per gaming table is reduced. No poker tables at the moment. Slot machines must be separated by plexiglass barriers or inoperable if closer than six feet apart.

Hygiene requirements will see a busy staff. But at 50% capacity, not as many workers are needed. Layoffs are imminent at MotorCity but things can change.

Meanwhile Greektown said that the 2,000 who had been temporarily laid off wouldn’t be returning. Now MGM has announced a 2,632 staff layoff. Mass furloughs have become layoffs everywhere. With reduced revenues, many operators will have to follow until things improve to reduce overhead of which labor is a major part.

To help, everyone wants to permanently ditch the buffets.


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