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Black Bear, Fond-du-Luth Casinos to reopen Monday

Updated: June 11, 2020 08:56 PM

Black Bear Casino Resort and Fond-du-Luth Casino will reopen Monday, June 15, with limited hours and gaming due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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The casinos, owned by the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, have been closed since March 18.  They will reopen with reduced hours of 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Visitors will be required to wear face masks and be members of the free Player's Club. They will be given a non-invasive temperature check at the entrance.

At Fond-du-Luth, only one entrance will be open.  All floors of the building will be non-smoking.  Blackjack, food service, and coat check will not be available, and people will not be able to bring large bags, baggage, backpacks, or luggage into the building.

Fond-du-Luth marketing manager Tina Nordin said they look forward to seeing guests again but do ask for patience as they all adapt to the new guidelines.

"It is a learning process. We just ask that everybody be exercising patience and kindness and people process this. We're just excited to see you as you are excited to get through the doors but want to do it safely," said Nordin.

Nordin said they are getting the finishing touches done before reopening and have social distancing stickers placed throughout the casino.

At Black Bear, all main entrances to the casino will be open starting Monday and the hotel tower will reopen Thursday. Slot machines will be available but table games, pull tabs, and bingo will not be available until further notice. About 35% of the gaming floor will be non-smoking.

The Cobalt Nightclub will be open for quick food and beverage service, but other food services will remain closed. Black Bear's original hotel, pool, workout facility, arcade, and golf course remain closed.

Anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, chills, headache, cough, is asked to stay home.

Other casinos in the region that have already reopened include Fortune Bay Casino in Tower, Grand Casino Hinckley and Mille Lacs, Sevenwinds Casino in Hayward, St. Croix Casinos in Danbury, Hertel, and Turtle Lake, and Northern Winds Casino in Watersmeet. Grand Portage Lodge and Casino plans to reopen June 29.

Bad River Casino in Odanah and Legendary Waters Casino & Resort in Red Cliff have not announced reopening dates.

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