Tribes plan to partly open CT casinos; Lamont opposes the move


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP/WPRI) — Connecticut’s two federally recognized tribes said they’re planning to reopen parts of their southeastern Connecticut casinos on June 1, despite Gov. Ned Lamont saying it’s too early and dangerous.

The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes, which are sovereign nations, said they’re taking numerous steps to ensure that Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun are safe.

Lamont said he plans to talk with the tribes, but if that doesn’t work the state might warn patrons driving to the casinos.

Also Wednesday, restaurants began outdoor service and shopping malls welcomed customers in the first phase of Connecticut’s reopening from the coronavirus shutdown.

Recreational pot shops in Massachusetts and at least one strip club in Rhode Island are set to start their reopening process as well.

Rhode Island Dolls in Woonsocket is set to open today but without the entertainment. It will be just for outdoor dining and owner Andrew Noyes said his servers will be dressed in revealing outfits and the dining area will be blocked from street view.

Recreational pot shops are set to reopen Monday in Massachusetts for the first time since mid-March. They’ll be allowed to make sales over the phone or online, check that the buyer is 21-years-old, and then offer curbside pickup.

There is no word on when the Twin River Casinos in Rhode Island may reopen.

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