Some Michigan Tribal Casinos Push Back Opening – One Does Not
In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, the Kewadin Casinos in the U.P. have decided to push their re-openings back. However, at least one other tribal casino seems to still be planning on opening this weekend.
According to BridgeMi.com, the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, who own the Kewadin Casinos, have decided to push back their re-opening date to June 1st. They originally said they would be re-opening this Saturday, the 16th. With their sovereign status, they don't have to follow the governors orders, but they say this later opening is a safety issue.
When they do re-open, it will still be in phases. Kewadin Casinos CEO Allen Kerridge says when they open, they'll "see a 50 percent capacity", adding,
We’re all looking forward to opening again sometime soon. We’re all looking forward to that day, but we want to do it in a safe environment. We need to have the protection and safety in place so that people feel comfortable coming back.
Meanwhile, the Island Resort and Casino, near Escanaba, still has THIS on their website, "Reopening May 16th. We're excited to see you".