Casinos preparing to open with new safety guidelines in place

Busy at work preparing to welcome customers back Thursday at 8 a.m., the Scarlet Pearl Casino in D’Iberville is taking no chances when it comes to safety.

“It will feel like normal with the exception of the social distancing.” But that’s because the staff at the Scarlet Pearl Casino has been hard at work. Scarlet Pearl CEO LuAnn Pappas said, “We’ve actually been working all along in anticipation of being able to open. We went out and we created, designed in house, and had built all of the plexiglass dividers for the tables and the slot machines. Obviously we’re under construction, significant construction, which I guess is a good thing because we were able to continue doing the construction while we were closed.”

All Scarlet Pearl employees will be wearing masks and gloves. Guests will have their temperature taken and handed a mask.

Table games will be limited to three to a table and slot machines while be every other slot open. Valet and bell service will be available for hotel guests at the Scarlet Pearl. The buffet will be closed for Memorial Day Weekend. “We’ve had a call every Friday with all of our employees and we have over 800 employees. We’re having another call today now that we have the order to open with the details, to go over the details for each area because it’s different in every area.”

Pappas says she is excited to open the doors soon and offer a safe, enjoyable atmosphere for both guests and staff. “We just want to welcome everyone back with open arms, without the hugs and kisses this time. I guess they’ll be virtual hugs and kisses. We’re excited for our customers, for the community which we think is very important. As you know we’re helping unemployment take the calls as well. We’re going to continue to do that when we open and we just want to welcome everyone back and hope to see some type of normal soon.”

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