Ahead of Hurricane Sally, the Mississippi Gaming Commission announced today that all Coast casinos must close.
The commission decided earlier this afternoon that these casino premises had to be vacated by 4 p.m. All guests were then forced to move locations and checkout early.
Casinos, such as the Beau Rivage, provided charter buses to transport many of their guests to the airport before the storm could make its way.
Due to the potential flood waters approaching the Coast, the Gaming Commission wanted to ensure the safety of all guests by making their final decision to close. Communications MS Operations Regional Director Mary Cracchiolo Spain said, “I think that, hope for the best and prepare for the worst and so this is not our first rodeo, we’ve been through many storms so we feel very comfortable with the process that we have in place. And so we’ll just be watching and like I said, praying all goes well, but preparing for anything that could happen.”
The Mississippi Gaming Commission will decide when coastal casinos plan to reopen after conditions are further evaluated.