TUNICA COUNTY, Tenn. — Mississippi casinos re-opened last week after being shut down by the state Gaming Commission. Last Thursday, May 21, they re-open their doors under strict guidelines.
Both Tunica County Supervisors and those who rely on the business told FOX13 they think the customers are returning to the casinos slowly.
County leaders said getting traffic levels back to where they were before the pandemic is going to take time.
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“It looks like a ghost town but you know it’s starting to pick up quite a bit,” said Cliff Meredith told FOX13. “We had a really good weekend and we’re seeing our regular customers now come back.”
Meredith runs Highway 61 Produce Stand in Tunica County. His business sits right on Highway 61. He said he’s been there for eight years watching the traffic come and go.
Meredith agreed with the county on casino traffic picking back up. He said his business lost 40 percent of its revenue when the casinos closed.
Meredith told FOX13 some casino visitors say returning to the casinos concerned them.
“A few of them had reservations about having to be separated, the slot machines being shut down, but other than that everything’s been good,” he said.
County leaders said that they believe it will take at least 30 days for traffic to the casinos to pick back up in Tunica County.
“It’s starting to pick up quite a bit. It’s been really, really slow I’ll have to admit, but I believe time will tell the story of people coming back,” said Meredith.
Tunica County officials told FOX13 they believe people who would visit Tunica have been watching to see exactly how things go with the first visitors before they make a trip to the casinos themselves.
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