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Indiana Gaming Commission officials announced Monday that most of Indiana’s casinos can reopen their doors as soon as next week under COVID-19 safety plans they have submitted, reports FOX-59. In preparation of opening casinos, the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) released its Health and Safety Guidelines for Reopening of Casino Operations on May 14. In order to reopen, casinos statewide are.
Pending regulatory approval, Indiana Grand will be Caesars Entertainment’s first property in the Hoosier State to offer legalized sports betting with a tentative launch date of Sunday, Sept. 1.
Officials of Harrah’s Hoosier Park in Anderson and Indiana Grand Racing and Casino in Shelbyville have long pushed for the change that they expect will draw more gamblers as the two casinos have been limited to only electronic games since opening in 2008. Indiana Grand will have more than 40 tables for games such as blackjack, craps and roulette and Hoosier Park will have nearly 30 tables as.
Indiana's casinos likely will not be reopening Monday when the shutdown ordered by the Gaming Commission to minimize the spread of coronavirus reaches two weeks.
The ship has sailed for Horseshoe Southern Indiana. The riverboat casino 14 miles downriver from Louisville just closed its doors on Monday. But do not worry, gambling fans: the casino will be up.
In Minnesota, Grand Casino announced that starting at 4 p.m. Monday, it temporarily closed Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley. In a news release, the company said that it plans for a 14-day closure, but will assess conditions before a firm reopen date is announced. It also said that there have been no reported cases of COVID-19.
The experience offered by Ohio’s casinos and racinos when they reopen doors will be different from what patrons were used to prior the Covid-19 crisis. The properties will have to follow new safety rules to prevent customers and employees from being exposed to the dangerous coronavirus. The safety rules were prepared by industry officials, heads of Ohio’s Casino Control and Lottery.