Mystic Lake, Little Six casinos announce plans to reopen by end of month

Monday, Mystic Lake and Little Six casinos announced plans to reopen by May 26.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the two casinos have been closed since March 18.

To allow the casinos to reopen, a number of new protocols will be put into place, according to a news release from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.

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New building occupancy limits will be put in to place to allow for social distancing. All guests and employees will also be required to wear masks.

The casinos also said "noninvasive thermal temperature scanning of guests will be conducted at the entrances."

The reopening of the two casinos will be limited to slot machines and table games only. According to the casino, chairs have been removed from every other slot machine. Blackjack tables will also be limited to a maximum of three guests.

To ensure safety, machines and tables will be cleaned and sanitized "numerous times per day."

"We are taking a phased approach to this reopening and feel confident that we can welcome guests back to our enterprise and bring team members back to work in an environment that is safe for everyone," said Angela Heikes, president and CEO of Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community's Gaming Enterprise.