The state's two federally recognized tribes are planning â€śsoftâ€ť reopenings on Saturday for invited patrons and a partial reopening for the general public on Monday, despite opposition from the governor.
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont expressed disappointment the two sovereign nations, the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes, were opening their resort casinos sooner than he'd like, but credited both with taking certain steps to limit customer traffic from the greater region.
â€śTomorrow, obviously, is earlier than any of our neighboring casinos and even earlier than Las Vegas. But they took to heart some of the thoughts that we had,â€ť he said, adding how both casinos said they would not allow out-of-state guests at their hotels, at least during the first phase of their respective reopenings.
â€śAnd for that, I am very appreciative,â€ť he said.
A spokesman for the Mohegan Sun said only â€śselect guests are invited for private days. This weekend is not a public reopening,â€ť while a spokeswoman for Foxwoods Resort Casino said there will be a â€śsoft opening with a select group of invitation-only guests this weekendâ€ť and the property will partly reopen to the public on Monday at 9 a.m.
Lamont said the tribes agreed to advise patrons about the potential health risks of going to a casino now. The governor, who has been particularly concerned about older people gathering in large groups, said if he doesn't think the advisory is strict enough, the state will put up electronic signs to warn people about the risks.