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MGM announces 25 May for first US property reopening

By Owain Flanders

MGM Resorts International has announced the 25 May as the date for the first reopening of any of its US properties following forced closures amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gold Strike Casino Resort in Tunica, Mississippi, will be the first property to open on 25 May, followed by Biloxi’s Beau Rivage Resort and Casino on 1 June.

The properties will be open to the public in a limited capacity and will host an invitation-only weekend ahead of their reopening.

Last week, the operator announced its ‘seven-point safety plan,’ a set of protocols designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 once properties reopen.

The plan includes employee temperature checks, a physical distancing policy and handwashing stations.

Bill Hornbuckle, MGM Resorts CEO and president, said: “Our hearts are with everyone in our communities, and around the world, who has been personally impacted by this crisis.

“As we plan to reopen our resorts, the health and safety of our guests and employees guide all of our decision making.

“Getting many of our employees back to work and welcoming guests through our doors once again will allow us to do what we do best – entertain. We can’t wait.”

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