The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community has announced that they will be reopening Mystic Lake and Little Six Casinos in Prior Lake on Tuesday, May 26 with extensive safety measures in place.
The casino will require all guests and staff members to wear masks and physically distance. The casinos will conduct non-invasive temperature checks at the doors and monitor the number of guests in the casino. To start, the reopening will be limited to slot machines and table game areas.
Every other slot machine will see removed seats to enforce social distancing. The casinos have removed half of the seats at the table games and bars, as well. Staff members will clean all public areas multiple times a day. If guests would like, they can request a cleaning at the press of a service button. Team members will undergo health screenings prior to each shift. Symptomatic workers will stay home until they fulfill proper self-isolation measures.
In Mystic Lake’s press release, the president and CEO of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community’s Gaming Enterprise, Angela Heikes, said: “Extensive, careful planning has gone into the health and safety measures that will be in effect when we reopen Mystic Lake and Little Six. We are taking a phased approach to this reopening and feel confident that we can welcome guests back to our enterprise and bring team members back to work in an environment that is safe for everyone.”
The phased approach includes keeping buffets and sit-down restaurants closed, limiting dining options to pre-packaged meals. Mystic Lake will continue to postpone large events such as concerts and other entertainment events that draw large gatherings. The hotel will also reopen in phases, while the pool and spa area remain closed.
Keith Anderson, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Chairman, says, “Our tribal members, team members and guests depend on us to make decisions with their wellbeing in mind, and we have not taken this responsibility lightly as we carefully deliberated these decisions over the past several weeks.”
For more information about Mystic Lake and Little Six Casinos reopening, visit their website: mysticlake.com/welcomeback