Cripple Creek casinos back open Monday

Published: Jun. 8, 2020 at 9:26 AM MDT
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Cripple Creek casinos are reopening Monday, one week after the state health department approved Teller County's request to reopen casinos, movie theaters and some other businesses.

The county had applied for a variance from the state to reopen restaurants, bars, gyms, movie theaters, churches and casinos. The governor approved reopening restaurants in late May and gyms at the start of June; the variance for the other items was approved by the state health department June 7.

“This is great news ... it will help our local economy and get people back to work," said Teller County Commissioner Marc Dettenrieder in an email to the newsroom Monday.

All are open with restrictions: Only the slot machines will be open for the time being, and while the Ramblin Express will be back in service. it must be cleaned between each transport. Each casino will only allow people in through a few entrances so that their temperatures can be taken before proceeding to the slots. Customers must wear a mask. More on what to expect Monday

In movie theaters, customers not in the same household must be separated by at least three seats on either side and must alternate every other row.

Bars that "ensure access to food from a licensed retail food establishment for on-premise consumption" will be allowed to reopen.


to read the letter from the state, which outlines all guidelines and restrictions.