The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has confirmed that it is considering impact of violence triggered by the death of George Floyd on their plans to reopen casinos and other entertainment properties.
The state’s gaming regulator has plans to hold a public meeting as soon as Thursday this week (June 11th) to discuss their plans for reopening the state’s three commercial casinos following prolonged shutdown due to the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
Karen Wells, Interim Executive Director of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, said that the commission is in the process of preparing plans for reopening casinos. The members of the commission are widely expected to reveal more details on their plans during the proposed public meeting. Thus far, nothing has been revealed as to when the state’s commercial casinos could be expected to reopen their doors to the public.
Massachusetts’s commercial casinos were asked to temporarily suspend their operations in March this year as part of the government’s efforts to control the deadly corona virus pandemic.
Enrique Zuniga, a member of the gaming commission, said that casino employees and officers need to keep on using methods to diffuse any odd situation surrounding the death of George Floyd when the entertainment properties will reopen.
Speaking on the topic, Zuniga added, “As we begin the opening of the casinos, I think it is at least conceivable that our employees are going to be dealing with at least some people who might be a little bit angrier than before. That’s why it’s very important to remember that usually it is much, much better to diffuse a situation, deescalate, like I know our people often do.”
Violent protests erupted after 46-year-old George Floyd, an African American, died during arrest by a white police officer. The Black man was arrested on May 25 in Minnesota. During the arrest, a White officer pinned him to the ground by putting his foot into his neck. He complained several times that he could not breathe and the officer kept him pinned to the ground and he died within few minutes.
Wells stressed that during the planned public meeting on Thursday, the state gaming commission will work with members of the public to find solutions to the ongoing adverse business conditions, particularly for casinos.