Minnesota's gaming industry will soon feature the reopening of more casinos, which don't fall under the state's executive orders to stay shuttered. However, most casinos closed as a result of the coronavirus threat, and now that more retail businesses are reopening under the Stay Safe MN order, some casinos are beginning to follow suit.
On Monday, the first day of the Stay Safe MN order, Prairie's Edge Casino Resort in Granite Falls reopened, with Mystic Lake Casino and the Little Six Casino in Prior Lake scheduled to reopen on Tuesday, May 26.
"We will continue to follow the recommended social distancing guidelines and are asking guests to do the same," a release on Prairie's Edge's website says. "In common gathering areas such as kiosks, Guest Services, food outlets, bars, etc. six-foot markers have been placed on the floor throughout the property. This has been done to ensure social distancing between guests."
Additionally, all staff will wear masks and if customers don't have their own mask, the casino will have them available for guests. Prior to entering the casino, all guests will have their temperature taken. Anyone with a temp above 101.1 will be asked to leave.
Slot machines, which will be cleaned throughout the day, will also be separated by plexiglass dividers
Many of the same safety guidelines will be in place at Mystic Lake and Little Six, including social distancing, mandatory masks (available for purchase if needed), hand sanitizing, disinfecting slot machines, plexiglass dividers, and temperature checks for guests.
Treasure Island Resort and Casino in Welch says it is "actively working on a reopening plan that will keep everyone safe and healthy." The casino adds that "we will not reopen until we are sure that the measures we will have in place protect both our guests and our team members."
The following gaming/racing sites remain closed:
- Grand Casino Mille Lacs
- Grand Casino Hinckley
- Jackpot Junction
- Canterbury Park
- Running Aces & Harness Park
- Black Bear Casino
- Fond-Du-Luth Casino
- Northern Lights Casino
- Shooting Star Casino (Mahnomen and Bagley)
- White Oak Casino
- Fortune Bay Resort Casino
Click here to see photos of what the interior of Prairie's Edge Casino looks like with health precautions in place.