Grand Casino Announces Plan to Reopen

Grand Casino has released its health and safety plan to reopen their Hinckley and Onamia locations as COVID-19 restrictions begin to lessen.


The multi-phase plan will allow most of the gaming floor to reopen with changes to allow for social distancing. Bingo, poker, and pull tabs will not open during the plan's first phase.


“We looked at every human touchpoint at our properties to develop a ‘phase one’ plan for reopening our casinos while keeping our communities, associates, and guests safe,” said Joe Nayquonabe, CEO of Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures, the parent company of Grand Casino.  “Our commitment to executing this plan gives us the confidence to welcome Guests and Associates back to our properties.”


Grand Casino will also limit points of entry to allow security to conduct non-invasive temperature checks utilizing thermal cameras. Both guests and associates will use separate entrances with associates wearing make while on site. Anyone with a temperature of over 100˚F will not be allowed on the property.


Hand sanitizer will be available at all entrances and high contact areas, and staff will increase the cleaning the surfaces frequently touched by patrons.


Casino management says that both casinos will have some 24/7 food options available, but dine-in restaurants will remain closed until a future phase.


“Our goal with a phased reopening is to be methodical as we reopen different amenities to ensure we can maintain a clean and safe environment and adjust operations as needed based on real-world feedback,” said Nayquonabe.


Both locations were temporarily closed on March 16; however, Grand Casinos has not released a reopening date at this time.


The full 25-page plan is available via the Grand Casino website.



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