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Casino Opening Good News for Employees

THE DELTA (Ben Caxton) — Today’s reopening of some casinos is welcome news for the 4300 dealers, cooks, cleaning staff and others who work in Tunica and Coahoma County’s gambling halls; they have been out of work since mid-March. State-regulated casinos can reopen today at 50% capacity with social distancing requirements, but it’s not clear how many employees will be called back to work. The Isle of Capri in Lula and Tunica’s Sam’s Town, the Fitz, Hollywood and Horseshoe casinos will open today while the Gold Strike is opening Monday. North Mississippi gaming revenues dropped from about $45 million in February to $29 million in March but the numbers don’t include revenues and jobs lost at restaurants, gas stations and other businesses like the historic Hollywood Café, immortalized in Marc Cohn’s hit “Walking in Memphis”. It’s scheduled to reopen on June 1st.

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