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Wind Creek casinos in Alabama to reopen

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians says mask requirements and other safety changes will be implemented at its electronic bingo casinos

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is planning to reopen its electronic bingo casinos on Monday.  

Wind Creek Hospitality said all three Alabama casinos will reopen with safety changes. The casinos had been closed because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Masks or face coverings will be required for everyone. Wind Creek said in a news release that all of the properties will be limiting the number of guests on the casino floor. The new capacity will be roughly one-third of normal operations.

The casino floor will be open to the public for four sessions each day, and deep cleaning will be conducted between sessions. Machines will be cleaned between guests.

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Jay Dorris, CEO and president of Wind Creek, said reservations are not required, but the casinos will use a reservation system that people can use to book playing time.

"Just like your favorite restaurant on a Friday night, a reservation isn't required. But if you absolutely want to join us on a given day and time, reservations are available," Dorris said in a statement.

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is Alabama's only federally recognized tribe. The tribe operates bingo casinos in Montgomery, Atmore and Wetumpka.

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