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Some Mississippi Casinos Reopen After 2-Month Virus Hiatus

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Some Mississippi Casinos Reopen After 2-Month Virus Hiatus

Some casinos in Mississippi reopened Thursday for the first time in two months, following state guidelines to try to mitigate the spread of the new coronavirus. Photo by Rogelio V. Solis via AP JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Some casinos in Mississippi reopened Thursday for the first time in two months, following state guidelines to try to mitigate the spread of the new coronavirus.

At least three dozen people stood in line waiting to get into WaterView Casino in Vicksburg as it opened. A manager came outside to do a countdown until opening. Customers were allowed to enter one at a time. They were screened for COVID-19 symptoms and were offered masks, although many already had their own.

Notes were attached to video games and slot machines, reminding customers and staff to sanitize the machines before each use. Stickers placed on the floor to tell people to remain at least 6 feet (1.8 meters) apart.

Plastic shields have been installed around cashiers’ stations. The state Gaming Commission limits the numbers of players for blackjack and other table games. Casinos are required to set up hand sanitizing stations.

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Like other parts of the U.S., Mississippi continues to see high numbers of claims for unemployment benefits. U.S. Employment and Training Administration said Thursday that Mississippi has processed just over 269,000 claims between March 14 and May 16. The report said 208,270 people in Mississippi were receiving unemployment benefits as of May 9. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves has said the state normally had about 1,000 unemployment claims per week before the pandemic.

Reeves said Thursday that he will ask legislators to spend part of Mississippi’s federal coronavirus relief […]

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