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Menominee Tribe closes casino, announces new restrictions

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Posted at 2:43 PM, Jul 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-31 15:43:02-04

MENOMINEE INDIAN RESERVATION (NBC 26) -- The Menominee Indian Tribe announced Friday that its COVID-19 Incident Command issued 2 emergency orders, one involving the casino.

The tribe announced that the casino will close under the emergency order, dubbed Emergency Order 2, beginning at 5 p.m. today through August 11.

The tribe states in a news release that Menominee Casino & Resort and Thunderbird gaming are closed except for the following: Restaurants within the gaming establishments shall only be available for curbside takeout; Casino Gift Shop; and Thunderbird C-Store. Bars shall only be available for curbside takeout.

All bars, restaurants and farmers markets are closed, except such business may provide curbside takeout of food only, the tribe says.

Another emergency order, dubbed Emergency Order 3, orders all establishments, institutions, businesses, offices, stores and organizations to institute certain public health measures. These measures include restricting the number of customers inside their place of business, require people age 5 and older to wear a mask and take temperature screenings to all people prior to entering the place of business.

According to the tribe's news release, those who violate this order may be fined up to $500 per infraction.

This comes after the Menominee Indian Tribe had already announced previous restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19, including a curfew.