Detroit Casinos Again Requiring Masks Due To COVID Surge

Casinos cite state government recommendations for change in policy
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If gamblers want to put a wager down at any of the three casinos in Detroit during the holidays, they’ll need to mask up. Starting Tuesday, MGM Grand Detroit, MotorCity Casino, and Greektown Casino all began requiring guests to wear facial coverings while visiting their properties, regardless of vaccination status.

Although the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services hasn’t issued an indoor mask requirement, it did issue a recommendation Nov. 19 tied to increased COVID-19 infections, and the MGM Grand Detroit and MotorCity Casino both indicated on their websites or through social media that their mask requirements were in response to the MDHHS advisory.

“Face masks must be worn by customers, associates, and other visitors, regardless of vaccination status,” a notice on the MotorCity Casino website says. “This update is in response to the Nov. 19 face mask advisory issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.”

Greektown Casino does not have details of a mask requirement on its website, but a representative of the facility confirmed the policy in a conversation with MI Bets.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lifted an indoor mask mandate in the state in May, and the casinos followed suit shortly thereafter. A notice from Greektown Casino General Manager John Drake issued during the spring said its mask requirements for fully vaccinated visitors were dropped June 1.

According to the MDHHS advisory from Nov. 19, “Michigan is presently experiencing another wave of infection driven by the Delta variant … The greatly increased infectiousness of  the Delta variant has driven sharp increases in COVID-19 infections, among both adults and  children. In addition to COVID-19, Michigan is experiencing an uptick in cases of other respiratory  illnesses … The widespread use of face masks would significantly reduce the spread of these viruses.”

The advisory also stated that the mask recommendation will stay in effect “until further notice.”

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