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Arkansas casinos can partially reopen beginning 18 May

8 May 2020

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson said on Thursday that the state's casinos and racetracks will be able to begin partially reopening on 18 May.

At a media briefing about the COVID-19 pandemic, the governor said that Southland Casino and Racing, Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort and Saracen Casino Resort would be allowed to open at one-third capacity, with "stringent social distancing."

Hutchinson also said state health officials have been working with the casinos to develop health directives and more details will be released in the coming days.

Carlton Saffa, Project Manager of the Saracen Casino, told FOX 16 TV: “Let me be clear we are hopeful we can open on the 18th, our intention is to open on the 18th. We have not received the final word yet.

"I think you’re going to find hand sanitizers everywhere that’s something we did even before we closed and I think you’ll find what we call our EDF the folks that keep the place tidy for us everywhere. If you get up from a machine you can expect someone behind you cleaning that machine and the chair you were sitting in."

Earlier this week, Arkansas allowed businesses like gyms and hair salons to reopen with under strict conditions such as COVID-19 screenings and social distancing rules in place. Restaurants are expected to open next week.

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