MGM Grand Out With Plan To Reopen Detroit Casino

MGM Grand Casino
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By WWJ Newsradio 950

(WWJ) Officials at MGM Grand say things will look a lot different when they are finally able to reopen in Detroit.

MGM has released what they're calling a “Seven-Point Safety Plan” for facilities that include the MGM Grand Detroit casino.  

The company says its multi-layered 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. 

It includes installing plexiglass, officials say, where possible, to protect employees when six feet social distancing isn't possible.  There will also be hand washing and hand sanitizing stations through the casino and employees will be required to wear masks.  If there is a customer or employee who tests positive for the disease, those who were near the patient will be notified, where possible.

Employees will also undergo training and daily temperature checks. 

“Preparing for the moment we can re-open our doors, MGM Resorts focused on developing a plan that puts health and safety at the center of everything we do. Our ‘Seven-Point Safety Plan’ is the result of months of consultations with public health experts and outlines our comprehensive approach to welcoming guests back safely,” said MGM Resorts Acting CEO and President Bill Hornbuckle.

“Our properties will not look the way they used to for a while, and that’s not only okay, it’s critically important. We will continue providing the hospitality experiences we are known for, but we must do so safely. We will continue working with experts and following guidance from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and government officials and regulators as we evolve these protocols based on the latest information.”​

See the full MGM plan HERE

This comes after Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said casinos have been working with the city’s chief medical advisor on what it would take to reopen the casinos, while watching what Las Vegas is doing. He said discussions involve safety protocols, like guests and employees wearing masks, having only a fraction of slot machines operating and restricting how many people can sit at a game table. 

That is, Duggan said, until casinos can resume normal operations. “Those conversations will occur in the coming weeks. I think we are a long way away — six months, maybe a year from the casinos operating the way we’re used to seeing them operate, but I do think it is possible,” Duggan said.

Revenue at the three Detroit casinos is significantly down this year compared to last year amid the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the Michigan Gaming Control Board, the casinos reported $299.2 million in aggregate revenue through April, down 39.2% from the $492.1 million reported for the same four months in 2019. MGM Grand reported $126.5 million in revenue, down $83.5 million through April.