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Here's what it looks like to social distance inside a casino as several open in Michigan today

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Posted at 12:08 PM, Jun 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-01 12:08:49-04

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek has reopened Monday with new safety measures being implemented to keep people safe as the pandemic continues.

First, FireKeepers said all guests and employees are required to wear a mask or facial covering at, all times, and smoking will be outside -- only at designated areas.

The casino will also have limited gaming. About half of the slot machines are active and there will be limitations on the number of people playing table games. Guests also cannot stand immediately behind a seated table games player.

There will also be self-service kiosks to take your temperature every time you enter the casino. Anyone with temperatures 100 degrees or higher won't be able to enter.

The casino said it will have cleaners moving throughout the property sanitizing everything from slot machines to high-touch areas.

For social distancing, the following areas are closed until further notice:

  • Valet Parking
  • Self Park Garage
  • Mijem Buffet
  • Chi Mon-ee’s
  • Poker
  • Bingo
  • Bus Marketing
  • Hotel Pool & Fitness Center
  • Self-service beverage stations

Soaring Eagle Casino in Mt. Pleasant has opened Monday as well. These are all tribal casinos, which were excempt from Gov. Gretchen Whtmer’s extended stay-at-home order, which has been extended through June 12, which mandates that all casinos remain closed.

Detroit’s three casinos have not given a re-opening date. The closures have cost the city some $600,000 a day in lost casino revenue, according to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.