The three Detroit casinos closed on Nov. 18 under a new order announced by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
In addition, tribal casinos are either closing doors or adding restrictions to gameplay and entertainment on site.
This is the second time this year that casinos closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Detroit casinos closed on March 16, five days after Michigan sports betting launched, and reopened five months later in early August. Until last week, Detroit casinos operated with 15% capacity limits and numerous safety protocols.
Stay up to date on the latest information about casino closures, restrictions, and reopenings here with PlayMichigan. Here’s what we know.
Michigan casinos closing due to COVID-19 pandemic (updates)
Nov. 23 updates
Noon — Little River becomes 11th Michigan casino to close
Little River Casino Resort in Manistee is the latest Michigan casino to close because of the pandemic.
The casino closed on Sunday and plans to be closed through Dec. 9.
Which casinos are closed in Michigan right now?
Detroit’s trio of casinos, Greektown Casino, MGM Grand Detroit, and MotorCity Casino, closed last week through Dec. 8 by order of the state’s health department.
Tribal casinos are operated by their autonomous tribes, which are not governed by Whitmer. Tribal casinos closed in Michigan include:
- Little River Casino in Manistee, plans to reopen Dec. 9
- Bay Mills Resort in Brimley
- Kings Club Casino, Brimley, closed since March because of pandemic
- Five Kewadin Casinos in the Upper Peninsula, closing until Dec. 8
Bay Mills Casino in Brimley announced its closure at noon on Wednesday until Dec. 11.
With the increase of cases and exposure to Covid_19 in our area, Bay Mills Resort and Casino will be closing for three weeks. Please see attached press release for more details. @ Bay Mills Resort & Casinos https://t.co/gQXYpIP6Hz
— Bay Mills Casinos (@BayMillsCasinos) November 16, 2020
Which casinos are open in Michigan right now?
Fifteen tribal casinos remain open:
- FireKeepers Casino, Battle Creek
- Four Winds Casinos, Dowagiac, Hartford, New Buffalo
- Gun Lake Casino, Wayland
- Island Resort Casino, Harris
- Leelanau Sands, Peshawbestown
- Northern Waters Casino Resort, Watersmeet
- Odawa Casinos, Mackinaw City and Petoskey
- Ojibwa Casinos, Baraga and Marquette
- Saganing Eagles Landing, Standish
- Soaring Eagle Casino Resort, Mount Pleasant
- Turtle Creek, Williamsburg
Soaring Eagle Casino Resort in Mount Pleasant announced on Facebook that it will remain open.
“Should new information emerge that indicates otherwise, we will revisit this decision,” a statement read. “We will continue to review protocols in all areas of our operation and make adjustments as deemed appropriate.”
FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek also plans to stay open.
As a critical infrastructure of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, FireKeepers will, for the time being, continue to operate under strict health & safety protocols designed to keep our Team Members and guests safe. https://t.co/MKsuhSFgqF
— FireKeepers Casino (@FireKeepers) November 16, 2020
Odawa Casino, which has locations in Petoskey and Mackinaw City, also plans to stay open.
Detroit casinos closed Nov. 18 at midnight
The statewide closure began at midnight early Wednesday morning last week. High schools, in-person dining, theaters, and group fitness classes are also among the other closures outlined by Whitmer.
MGM Grand announced it will close at 11 p.m. on Tuesday.
In accordance with the State Health Department’s November 15 Order, MGM Grand Detroit will temporarily close as of 11:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 17. For updates, please visit: https://t.co/OZniL9PWlm pic.twitter.com/eWv9wlMyD8
— MGM Grand Detroit (@MGMGrandDetroit) November 16, 2020
MotorCity announced Monday that it will stay open all the way until 12:01 a.m. early Wednesday morning, an hour after MGM.
Based on the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ (MDHHS) Epidemic Order, MotorCity Casino will be closing to the general public Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 12:01am.
— MotorCity Casino (@MotorCityCasino) November 16, 2020
General Manager John Drake told the Detroit News that Greektown “has been successfully operating under comprehensive safety protocols since reopening in August, in addition to significantly reduced capacity levels. We will continue to work closely with the Michigan Gaming Control Board, state and local leaders, and public health officials to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and we hope to resume operations as quickly as possible.”
Greektown announced it would close at 9 p.m. Tuesday night.
Greektown Casino-Hotel will be temporarily suspending operations for a period of three weeks beginning at 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, as a precautionary measure against the ongoing spread of COVID-19.
Please visit https://t.co/p9tovdyliC for additional information. pic.twitter.com/z2spe0wGpM
— Greektown Casino (@GreektownCasino) November 17, 2020
In October, Detroit casinos combined for $101.4 million in revenue. Gambling resulted in $7.6 million in tax revenue for the state of Michigan in the month and $11.2 million in revenue for the city of Detroit.