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MGM Grand Detroit prepares for long-term layoffs with no reopening in sight for casinos - Crain's Detroit Business

MGM Grand Detroit prepares for long-term layoffs with no reopening in sight for casinos - Crain's Detroit Business


MGM Grand Detroit prepares for long-term layoffs with no reopening in sight for casinos - Crain's Detroit Business

Posted: 06 May 2020 12:47 PM PDT

MGM Grand Detroit gave notice to the state Tuesday that its 2,632 workers could potentially be laid off through August and at least some permanently laid off after that as health officials suggest casinos won't be up and running anytime soon.

Like the other casinos in Detroit, MGM Grand paid its full-time employees for two weeks after being forced to shut down in early March due to the coronavirus pandemic. The three casinos, which employ more than 7,000 workers total, then temporarily laid them off following the two-week period.

Nonessential businesses, including casinos, have been ordered closed through at least May 28, but with dense indoor spaces likely to be the last cleared to resume operations, there is no set timeline for reopening casinos.

"Michigan's recently announced reopening plan provides that hotel-casinos will be among the last businesses permitted to resume operations," MGM said in its WARN notice to the state. "We will be required to institute a multitude of protective measures that will substantially delay our ability to reopen and hamper our casino, restaurant, and entertainment business."

Health benefits for impacted employees, which had been set to expire June 30, are extended through the end of August, according to the letter.

"The Michigan Gaming Control Board will work with Gov. Whitmer's office and follow the business reopening plan guidelines the state establishes," control board spokeswoman Mary Bean said in an email. "Health and safety will be the priorities. At this time, we cannot provide a timeline for reopening."

Bean said there have not been any plans to speed up implementation of online gambling as a result of casino closures.

Detroit is being hit hard by the casino closures because the city has a unique reliance on income from wagering taxes and development agreements to balance its budget. Detroit normally gets around $600,000 a day in revenue from the casinos.

Revenue at Detroit's three casinos fell 60 percent year-over-year in March, equating to a $10 million shortfall for the city. April and May numbers will surely be much uglier.

Robert Dunne, M.D., Detroit public safety health director, is working with Detroit's casinos on what reopening could look like, Mayor Mike Duggan said Wednesday during his daily coronavirus briefing. But he estimates they are six months to a year away from returning to full operations.

"We certainly are following what Las Vegas is looking at, as far as reopening," Duggan said. "And will there be a point the infection level is low enough in this community that you could go back and maybe have a quarter or a third of the machines operational with appropriate distancing and cleaning and masks, where you could restrict the number of people at a table game. I think those conversations will occur in the coming weeks."

MotorCity Casino Hotel said in a statement that it is working on a plan to reopen but did not give any indication of a timeline.

"An extensive and comprehensive reopening plan is being developed, which incorporates CDC, city, county and state guidelines," the statement said. "We remain in regular contact with city, state and gaming officials, and look forward to their continued direction, guidance and assistance."

Messages were left Wednesday with Greektown Casino-Hotel.

"Our sincere hope continues to remain that this layoff is temporary, but in light of the continuing pandemic and our extended closure, we are unable to say that the layoff may not last more than six months for at least some portion of our employees," MGM said in its notice.

— Crain's Detroit Business reporter Annalise Frank contributed to this report.

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