US – Pennsylvania casino gaming operations suspended until 2021By Lewis - 11 December 2020
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has announced it will be working with the 12 operating casinos in the Commonwealth on closing procedures as part of a COVID-19 mitigation order announced by Governor Tom Wolf.
Under the order, casinos will cease all gaming activities and patron entry by 12:01 a.m. Saturday, December 12th. The order impacts Harrah’s Philadelphia, Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, Lady Luck Nemacolin, Live! Casino Pittsburgh, Meadows Casino and Racetrack, Mohegan Sun Pocono, Mount Airy Casino Resort, Parx Casino, Presque Isle Racetrack and Casino, Rivers Pittsburgh, Valley Forge Casino and Resort, and Wind Creek Bethlehem
Rivers Casino Philadelphia had already closed on November 20 in accordance with an order from the City of Philadelphia. Under the Governor’s order, casinos may reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, January 4, 2021.
Gaming Control Board Executive Director, Kevin O’Toole says that public health and safety of patrons, casino employees and others are of paramount importance: “The Board is continuously monitoring developments and will update licensees and the public as frequently as possible with any new developments.”
The closures do not effect other forms of gaming regulated by the Gaming Control Board offered via the internet including casino-type games, sports wagering and fantasy contests.