MGM Grand Detroit to reopen at reduced capacity Aug. 7

MGM Grand Detroit will reopen next week for meals and a chance to hit the slots again. After months closed by executive order during the novel coronavirus pandemic, the casino is slated to reopen in a limited capacity with new safety protocols 10 a.m. Aug. 7. MGM Grand Detroit announced their reopening plan Thursday evening, just one day after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gave the go-ahead for casinos to reopen at 15% capacity. MGM, along with Greektown and Motor City casinos, have been at a competitive disadvantage over Michigan's tribal casinos, which reopened with special precautions weeks ago. The tribal casinos are not under state jurisdiction. David Tsai, president of the Midwest Group, MGM Resorts, said in a press release he was immensely proud of the work done to make the gaming experience safer for both guests and employees. “We are excited to reopen our doors and welcome back our guests and team members,” Tsai said. “These have been difficult and challenging times, but the Detroit community continues to weather these storms and will come back stronger.” The reopening will kick off with an invitation-only event ahead of the public reopening, according to the casino. Use of the hotel, spa services and poker won't be dealt out quite yet, however, according to the casino website. The hotel is currently taking reservations for Aug. 18. Still, the casino gaming floor and several food venues will reopen. That includes slots, table games and the BetMGM Sportsbook. For food and drink, TAP Sports Bar, the National Coney Island inside Breeze Dining Court, AXIS Lounge and Casino Video Poker Bar will open with varying hours. Valet parking will not be available, but guests can use complimentary self-parking. Masks will be provided and required in all public areas of the casino for both guests and employees. Employees will undergo coronavirus screenings, temperature checks and COVID-19 training. Guests will undergo screenings and temperature checks with limited casino entrance points. Both employees and guests will be required to maintain physical distancing, meaning a number of slot machines have been disabled and plexiglass barriers have been installed at many table games, according to the casino. Other safety measures include: MGM also has developed a game plan for if a guest tests positive for the virus after visiting the casino. The guest is asked to alert the company through the email address The company will then report any positive test results to the local health department and assist with contact tracing. Contact Darcie Moran at Follow her on Twitter @darciegmoran .