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Black Bear, Fond-du-Luth Casinos join list of closings

Black Bear, Fond-du-Luth Casinos join list of closings Photo: WDIO-TV file

Updated: March 17, 2020 11:47 AM

Black Bear Casino Resort in Carlton and the Fond-du-Luth Casino in downtown Duluth will close Wednesday evening due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, which owns the casinos, announced the decision Tuesday. The casinos will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, and remain closed for at least two weeks.

There have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in northern Minnesota.  The Band said in a news release that preventative measures are being made to ensure the safety of the community.

"Black Bear Casino Resort and Fond-du-Luth are social hubs where people come to see shows, eat, game and enjoy themselves," Tribal Chairman Kevin DuPuis said in a news release.  "We've been monitoring the pandemic very closely and feel that it is in the best interests of our guests, our employees and the community at large to temporarily close the casino."

The casinos are asking staff to report for their regularly-scheduled shifts during the closure to conduct a deep cleaning of the properties.

The Band said conditions will be reassessed before an exact reopening date is determined.

Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley, owned by the Mille Lacs Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, closed Monday and are also planning a two-week closure. The Grand Casinos will continue to pay employees and undergo a deep cleaning during the closure.

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