Mississippi Gaming Commission lifts COVID-19 restrictions

Nearly 11 months after casinos were allowed to reopen following a two-month shutdown due to the pandemic, all COVID restrictions for casinos will be lifted beginning tomorrow.

The Mississippi Gaming Commission is lifting all COVID restrictions for casinos, effective Friday at 5 p.m.

Despite Governor Tate Reeves already lifting all mask mandates in the state, the commission has continued to require masks inside Mississippi casinos unless people are eating or drinking until now.

The commission says casinos must continue to follow state and local rules to help slow the spread of COVID and that casinos are free to set their own safety guidelines.

Here’s what Scarlet Pearl CEO LuAnn Pappas had to say about their plans for tomorrow. “Our plans are at 5 o’clock tomorrow to be like Mr. Rogers, it’s a wonderful day in the neighborhood. We’re lifting all restrictions with exception. We will continue the cleaning protocol because customers have learned to love that their machine gets cleaned between each session. So, we’re going to keep that protocol. And again, if someone wants to wear a mask, including our associates, that’s fine.”

Pappas believes the lifting of the restrictions will be wonderful for business, especially ahead of the Kentucky Derby this weekend.

The Beau Rivage has released this statement: “For the safety of our employees and guests, we will continue to require masks at MGM Resorts properties at this time. As vaccination efforts continue, we will reassess our health and safety protocols consistent with guidance from health experts, changing regulatory requirements, and input from our guests and employees.”

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