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Harrah’s Metropolis reopens for business

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METROPOLIS (WSIL) -- After Governor JB Pritzker lifted many restrictions this past weekend for casinos, Harrah's Metropolis chose to keep some attractions closed until Thursday.

Harrah's Metropolis says they've spent the week adjusting to the quick turn-around from being completely closed, to allowing indoor guests.

Now they've had to recall furloughed workers and officially opened their hotel.

PR Specialist Chad Lewis says the casino is happy to be back open to the public.

He says Saturday's Tier 1 announcement, only allowed limited capacity and to-go orders.

On Monday when the region went into Phase 4, the casino had it's own phasing with its hours and attractions and officially went back to regular hours Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 6 a.m.

Lewis says business has been slow, but they are eager to see more people come in and make reservations at the hotel.

"We are very excited to be back open. We've been waiting for this for a while. Being on the Ohio River we're used to the natural disasters with the floods and the ice storms and stuff like that around the area. We can deal with that we can measure things. We could not measure this at all," he said.

Lewis says the business is still working to bring more employees back in
the coming weeks and they've been working hard to protect their customers with their clean team, who constantly clean off the machines.

Some of those machines will be turned off to create space between customers and they're enforcing masks.

Maya Skinner

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