First day of casino shutdown on the Mississippi Gulf Coast
Gaming floors and casino properties across the Coast are virtually empty now following the Mississippi Gaming Commission’s decision yesterday to shut down all gaming operations indefinitely.
Today in Biloxi, the Hard Rock and Beau Rivage prominently displayed signs announcing their closure to the public.
Over at the Scarlet Pearl in D’Iberville, only security and IT staff remained at the complex and the casino floor and hotel sit entirely vacant.
Scarlet Pearl CEO LuAnn Pappas says employees will be 100 percent compensated, including the average of tips during this shutdown.
Pappas also reiterated that the commission’s decision to shut down was the correct move and while it’s an unprecedented time in the industry, they’ll come back stronger than ever. “I believe that we will all come out of this stronger than ever. You know, the normal, there’s going to be a new normal, I truly believe that, but I do think that all of us will get through this.”
Pappas says the shutdown went smoothly thanks to the cooperation of both employees and guests, and that guests were appreciative of the shutdown.
It’s still unclear when casinos will be allowed to reopen.