(WWJ) Because of a nearly $350 million budget shortage, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan suspended anti-blight programs across the city, and delivered the grim news that entertainment — including Detroit’s cash cow casinos — may not fully reopen for months.
“It costs us $600,000 a day, I haven’t complained about it a single time because the health of our community is more important than the revenue coming in,” the mayor said at a news conference Wednesday.
Meanwhile, at least one tribal casino in the Upper Peninsula will begin a phased reopening today, according to MLive, because it’s not subject to governmental orders to stay closed.
Duggan said Detroit casinos have been working with the city’s chief medical advisor on what it would take to reopen the casinos, while watching what Las Vegas is doing. He said discussions involve safety protocols, like guests and employees wearing masks, having only a fraction of slot machines operating and restricting how many people can sit at a game table.
That is, he said, until casinos can resume normal operations.
“Those conversations will occur in the coming weeks. I think we are a long way away — six months, maybe a year from the casinos operating the way we’re used to seeing them operate, but I do think it is possible,” Duggan said.