Lines of people waited as Coast casinos opened their doors after coronavirus shutdown Mary Perez, Biloxi Sun-Herald · May 22, 2020 at 6:34 am The 12 Coast casinos closed March 16, unsure of what was ahead, and they began reopening at 8 a.m. Thursday with management and customers still not knowing what to expect. Golden Nugget Biloxi was one of the casinos that opened at 8 a.m., the first time allowed by the Mississippi Gaming Commission. People were already waiting at the door at 5:30 a.m. “It feels great,” Pat Cress of Ocean Springs said as she came in through the main entrance and gazed around. She and Linda Bailey walked across the Biloxi Bay Bridge, as they typically do, on the way to the casino. “We’re just going to walk around and look,” Bailey said. They planned to check out their favorite slot machines.