With COVID-19 cases continuing to be high, it almost seemed inevitable that PA casinos would once again be impacted by the pandemic.
It became official this weekend, as all PA casinos and video gaming terminals at truck stops were ordered to be closed. It wasn’t just casinos; temporary closures have also been announced for indoor dining, theaters and school sports. Many stores are required to operate at 50% capacity.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf said that the state needs to take a cautious approach. “We need to slow the spread right now to save lives.”
PA casinos that are currently closed
Casinos in PA had been open since mid-June after closing in mid-March. If all goes to plan, the casinos and VGTs in the state would be allowed to reopen on January 4th at 8 AM.
The decision affects all casinos located in the state including:
- 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
- Wind Creek Bethlehem
The state decided to order the closing of the casinos due to public health concerns and safety for patrons, casino employees and others citing a “paramount importance.” The Rivers Casino in Philadelphia had already been closed as of November 20th due to a city mandate. Casinos in the state had lobbied against the measure in the days leading up to the decision, but that was not successful.
Kevin O’Toole, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Executive Director said that regulatory body would continue to monitor developments.
“The Board is continuously monitoring developments and will update licensees and the public as frequently as possible with any new developments.”
Despite the all of the state’s casinos are closed, online casinos in Pennsylvania continue to main unaffected.