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People line up for Magnolia Bluffs Casino reopening Thursday

NATCHEZ — Magnolia Bluffs Casino reopened on Thursday morning in Natchez after being closed for two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A long line of customers waited outside the casino on the end of Roth Hill Road waiting for the doors to open standing six feet apart, many with masks on.

When the casino opened at 8 a.m., customers one-by-one approached the doors to have their temperature taken and to be asked a series of questions in order to be allowed inside.

Kevin Preston, co-owner of Magnolia Bluffs Casino, said more than 200 people visited the casino by noon after it reopened at 8 a.m.

Preston said casino management and employees hand no problems following the guidelines the Mississippi Gaming Commission put in place for casinos.

“We did some training ahead of time and everybody knew what they had to do and what things to cover,” Preston said. “The training worked out really well.”

For two months, casinos in Mississippi were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Since reopening, we have had a lot of positive feedback and the customers are great to be back,” Preston said. “I think it feels good to get back to some kind of normalcy.”

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