Yesterday, a spokesperson of the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino unveiled that the owners of the gambling venue do not currently intend to make any changes to the facility’s operations amid rising concerns over spreading dangerous coronavirus infection.
Furthermore, the spokesman explained that the situation is being monitored, with the owners of the hotel and casino complex following the lead of local authorities and make decisions after carefully taking into account the best interests of the people who work and visit the Potawatomi casino and hotel venue.
The announcement comes at a time when concerns regarding the spreading of the dangerous coronavirus are rising. On March 13th, Governor Tony Evers issued an order or all Wisconsin’s K-12 schools to stop operation as part of the measures aimed at tackling the spreading coronavirus. The move affected almost a million students and their families. Apart from that, other closures have been carried out following the suspension of the NBA on March 11th. Other sports seasons have also been suspended.
Updated guidance is set to be released today by the Federal Government and Vice President Mike Pence regarding the restrictive measures concerning various establishments, including bars, restaurants and entertainment facilities. The states of Illinois and California have been among the ones that chose to close their restaurants and bars as a measure aimed at preventing the spread of the virus.
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino Not in Milwaukee’s Jurisdiction, Mayor Barrett Says
Despite the fact that the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino chose not to make any changes to the operations of the venue or close doors, the Milwaukee health commissioner Jeanette Kowalik confirmed at a news conference yesterday that many businesses have taken measures to prevent the further spread of Covid-19.
On the other hand, the Mayor of Milwaukee Tom Barrett addressed the public concerns that the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino would not shut down operations. Mayor Barrett explained that the issue represents a much different case than the situation with some other entertainment venues, saying that the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino is part of a jurisdiction that is outside the city of Milwaukee, so the city currently does not have any jurisdiction over the casino.
The Mayor of Milwaukee further reminded that social distancing is so far the most effective measure to stop the spread of the disease.
Commissioner Kowalik shared that it was her understanding that the owners of the casino have been in contact with the state, so the efforts and measures aimed at tackling the coronavirus infection from spreading are being coordinated so that people are not being exposed to Covid-19. Commissioner Kowalik also shared that the owners of the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino had been working to make sure that the venue is a cleaner and safer facility by enhancing their cleaning procedures and protocols.