Tribal Leaders Say It’s Time to Reopen

Michigan Native American tribes own a total of 26 casinos. So far, they have followed the Governor’s executive order that requires casinos to close until the end of May. However, that is about to change.

The Island Resort and Casino in the Upper Peninsula has announced it plans to reopen on Wednesday, May 6th. In a statement, the tribal leader said, “We are excited to see you here at the Island Resort & Casino! As always, we strive to provide superior service and quality entertainment for our guests. To do this in the safest manner, while keeping the health of our guests and employees the number one priority, we have outlined these guidelines and expectations to ensure a healthy return.”

According to their website, each entrance will be equipped with a staff member who will check the temperature of both employees and customers. Anyone who registers a temperature over 100 degrees will be refused entry. The casino will have face masks to hand out to guests if they want to wear one, but that is not a requirement of entry.

The resort is locates 20 miles west of Escanaba in the south-central UP.  It is owned and operated by the Hannahville Indian Community. The tribal leaders say they will soon announce reopening dates for their on-site hotel and golf course.

Reporting for WGRT – Marty Doorn