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Deadwood casinos seeing visitors after reopening

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Casinos in Deadwood, South Dakota, are seeing customers after reopening last week during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Deadwood City Commission voted last Monday to allow businesses to reopen if they follow federal, state and local rules for preventing the spread of the coronavirus. The vote came after the Deadwood Gaming Association reported March gambling revenue dropped 20% compared with March 2019.

“Deadwood is open. We just remind everyone to be safe and do their part,” Mayor David Ruth told the Rapid City Journal on Friday.

At Cadillac Jack’s, general manager David Schneiter said Thursday’s play was “better than a typical Thursday” at the casino. Schneiter said 180 employees were called back to work on Thursday.

“A lot of people are excited to come back in,” he said.

Schneiter said staff will sanitize slots after each player.

South Dakota health officials on Sunday reported 124 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the state’s total to 3,517. South Dakota’s death toll remains at 34.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

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