(WFSB) - Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods will begin reopening on June 1.
After calling the decision a “bad gamble,” Gov. Ned Lamont revealed some of the discussions going on to urge casinos to remain closed.
Lamont said on Thursday that he's having discussions with attorneys about liquor licenses and said he's also talking with other governors about the casinos.
He said other governors are also concerned about casinos opening too soon.
Lamont said he spoke with the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes less than a week ago and is hoping to continue working with them for the safest results.
Mohegan Sun officials say that they're actually following all of Lamont's guidelines and they say people will see things at the casino that they won't see anywhere else.
Mohegan Sun manager Jeff Hamilton laid out the casino's zero-tolerance policy for visitors.
"We want everyone to follow the rules that we've set to be able to open the property," Hamilton said.
Visitors will notices changes from the moment they walk in the door. Mandatory masks and temperature checks are part of those changes and four person limits for elevators.
Hand sanitizer and wipes will be available throughout the casino.
If visitors violate any of the rule, they will receive one warning before getting a 24-hour ban.
"You can walk around freely and really social distance easily. The gaming floor is a little different," Hamilton said.
The big question is around crowd control. Mohegan Sun will close down the gaming floor if it reached 90 percent of capacity and would reopen when usage drops to 70 percent of capacity.
During Thursday’s news conference, the governor did not say if he was taking any action against the casinos reopening.
However, he said he wants to work together to make sure when the resorts open, they can do so successfully.
“I can’t think of anything worse if I was operating one of these casinos is if I open it too early and one of two things happen,” Lamont explained, “people don’t show up because they know it’s not safe, or they show up and there’s an infection, both of which would be a terrible business decision for those casinos.”
Lamont also mentioned that the casinos are in a part of the state that has been less impacted by COVID-19 and they'd like to keep it that way.
Neither casino will open its concert venues, buffets, or poker rooms.
Restaurants within the casinos will be open for takeout only.