Coast Casinos to start opening next Thursday

Something residents and tourists have been asking for the past two months has finally been given an answer.

Coast casinos have been given the go ahead to reopen their facilities next week.

As people are ready to get their gaming on, there’s some new changes put in place before you place your bets.

Soon enough, people from all over will flock to the Mississippi Gulf Coast following the gaming commission’s announcement of reopening Coast casinos starting May 21st at 8 a.m. The opening comes the day before the Memorial Day Weekend begins and some casinos are more than ready to open their doors, but with new safety guidelines in place. Scarlet Pearl Casino CEO LuAnn Pappas said, “We are mandating that all employees wear masks and gloves. We are mandating everyone has their temperature taken to include customers and we are providing masks to customers as they enter the casino. However, masks and gloves are mandatory for all the associates.”

And places like the Palace Casino Resort in Biloxi will actually close the floor from 3 a.m. to 8 a.m. every day to clean and disinfect surfaces, including UV disinfection of gaming chips. You’ll also notice a few changes on the floors of the casinos to ensure the safety of their players.  Pappas said, “Every other slot machine, if we’re allowed to open table games, it’ll be three people to a table and the restaurants will have tables six feet apart. A lot of folks are asking to not open their valet, or have bell service, we’re going to have our valet open and bell service and our hotel will be again, full service unless of course something changes.”

Aside from hitting the slots, Pappas says guest at the Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort can still enjoy the majority of the facility. However, buffets will remain closed for the holiday weekend whereas the Silver Slipper Casino in Bay St. Louis has plans to reopen their buffet.

The Mississippi Gaming Commission will release the official guidelines Friday morning.

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