A Northern Michigan casino has instituted a ban on smoking indoors indefinitely. Is it a safe bet others in the state will follow?

Northern Michigan businesses were among the first to reopen as restrictions were eased after an effort to flatten the curve and stop the spread of Coronavirus. Now, Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel is reconsidering guest and employee safety and making a major change. A 100% ban on smoking anywhere indoors, including the gaming floor, restaurants and the hotel.

The health and safety of everyone at our casinos will always be our #1 priority. Given everything we’ve learned the past few months about COVID-19 protection, we feel that this new non-smoking policy for Turtle Creek is both necessary and prudent for the safety of our employees and guests.

-Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel via Facebook

The ban takes effect on Monday, August 31 and the measures affect Turtle Creek and Leelanau Sands casinos, which share ownership. Outdoor smoking areas will be maintained for guests.

Here's the million dollar question: will other Michigan casinos follow suit? While there are different rules for tribal casinos and those in Detroit, will the actions of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians have a domino effect?



After lengthy and careful consideration, beginning Monday, August 31 at 7:00am we have decided to no longer allow...

Posted by Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel on Friday, August 28, 2020

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