Live Updates: Detroit Casinos, Tribal Casinos React To COVID-19 Closures

Posted on November 16, 2020 - Last Updated on November 23, 2020

The three Detroit casinos closed on Nov. 18 under a new order announced by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Greektown Casino, MGM Grand Detroit, and MotorCity Casino shut their doors as part of a three-week shutdown to prevent and fight the coronavirus spread in Michigan.

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.

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.

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.

MotorCity announced Monday that it will stay open all the way until 12:01 a.m. early Wednesday morning, an hour after MGM.

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.

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.

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