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Updated List of State Casino Closures Due to Coronavirus

Elected officials and casino operators nationwide are shuttering casinos in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Here’s an updated list of statewide and individual casino closures, as well as those that remain open.

Statewide Casino Closures

Connecticut

  • Status: The state’s two casinos, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, will close at 8 p.m. March 17. NBC Connecticut reports this is the first time either facility has closed since it opened in 1992 and 1996, respectively.
  • Reason: The casinos struck an agreement with the Connecticut government to temporarily cease operations.
  • Date of Last Action: The deal was announced March 16.
  • Duration: The agreement closes the casinos for two weeks.

Colorado

  • Status: All Colorado casinos were closed March 16.
  • Reason: Gov. Jared Polis announced executive action to shut down ski resorts, gyms, theaters and large public gatherings after positive COVID-19 cases continued to increase in Colorado. Multiple casinos in Colorado’s three historic gaming communities of Black Hawk, Cripple Creek and Central City had closed before the announcement.
  • Date of Last Action: Polis’ widespread closure announcement came March 16, but further restrictions could come soon.
  • Duration: There’s no timeline announced publicly for the casinos to reopen.

Delaware

  • Status: All three commercial casinos were ordered to close March 16.
  • Reason: Gov. John Carney announced the three casinos would close March 16, an update to an earlier announcement that prohibited large public gatherings. It followed similar moves in neighboring Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
  • Date of Last Action: The order went into effect at 8 p.m. March 16.
  • Duration: There is currently no timeframe for reopening.

Indiana

  • Status: All 13 commercial casinos closed March 16.
  • Reason: The Indiana Gaming Commission, which regulates the casinos, announced March 14 all casinos would close in response to the outbreak of COVID-19.
  • Date of Last Action: The order went into effect at 6 a.m. local time on March 16.
  • Duration: The order will remain in effect for two weeks. Further actions could follow.

Illinois

  • Status: The 10 casinos in Illinois were closed March 16.
  • Reason: The Illinois Gaming Board shuttered the facilities due to an outbreak of COVID-19 in the region. It largely mirrors the actions taking by regulators in neighboring Indiana.
  • Date of Last Action: The closures were announced March 13 and went into effect March 16.
  • Duration: Like in Indiana, the casinos will be closed for at least the next two weeks.

Louisiana

  • Status: All casinos closed the morning of March 16.
  • Reason: The Louisiana Gaming Control Board said it was shutting down the casinos following orders from Gov. John Bel Edwards to ban all gatherings of 250 or more, the Shreveport Times reports.
  • Date of Last Action: Casinos had to shut their doors in the early morning of March 17 following an announcement from state officials on March 13.
  • Duration: the LGCB said the closure goes into effect for two weeks, but Edwards’ initial order banned all gatherings of 250 or more people for one month.

Maryland

  • Status: As of March 16, all six commercial casinos, as well as racetracks and off-track betting parlors, are closed.
  • Reason: Gov. Larry Hogan announced the closure of all state gaming facilities as part of a broader effort to prevent large gatherings to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Maryland.
  • Date of Last Action: Hogan’s announcement came March 15.
  • Duration: The closure is indefinite.

Massachusetts

  • Status: All three casinos in Massachusetts closed March 15.
  • Reason: The Massachusetts Gaming Commission unanimously approved the decision March 14, MassLive.com reported.
  • Date of Last Action: Commissioners announced the decision March 14, saying they would revaluate the suspension later in the month.
  • Duration: The current closures last until March 29.

Missouri

  • Status: All 13 Missouri casinos are closed, effective midnight March 17.
  • Reason: Missouri Gov. Mike Parson shuttered the facilities as part of a larger ban against public gatherings.
  • Date of Last Action: Parson’s announcement came March 17.
  • Duration: The initial ban will last until March 30, St. Louis Today reported.

Nevada

  • Status: As of March 18, all Nevada casinos closed
  • Reason: Gov. Steve Sisolak announced March 17 all state casinos would close. Online poker sites are still running in Nevada.
  • Date of Last Action: Sisolak’s announcement came after a growing number of companies had already closed their properties.
  • Duration: The closure lasts for 30 days from the original announcement, but that could be extended.

New York

  • Status: All commercial and Native American casinos in the state closed March 16.
  • Reason: The casinos were shuttered as part of a larger shut down pertaining to bars, restaurants, movie theaters and gyms.
  • Date of Last Action: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the closures March 16 in conjunction with officials from Connecticut and New Jersey.
  • Duration: Casinos will remain closed until “further notice,” Syracuse.com reports.

New Jersey

  • Status: All Atlantic City casinos as well as state racetracks were shut down March 16.
  • Reason: Like in New York, Gov. Phil Murphy worked with Cuomo and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont to close large facilities to prevent coronavirus spread in the tri-state area. Online casino gambling is still available in New Jersey.
  • Date of Last Action: Officials continue to monitor the situation through they haven’t taken any action since the March 16 closure announcement.
  • Duration: In New Jersey, the closures last until further notice.

Ohio

  • Status: All four commercial casinos and seven racinos are closed.
  • Reason: Gov. Mike DeWine ordered all businesses to limit large gatherings as Ohio deals with a coronavirus outbreak.
  • Date of Last Action: DeWine announced the restrictions on March 14.
  • Duration: The closures will last until further notice.

Mississippi

  • Status: All casinos closed March 16.
  • Reason: The Mississippi Gaming Commission mandated the closures in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Several casinos had closed earlier.
  • Date of Last Action: The MGC order came March 16.
  • Duration: The Biloxi Sun Herald reported the closures will last indefinitely.

Pennsylvania

  • Status: All 12 brick-and-mortar casinos closed March 17. Six casinos had closed previously.
  • Reason: The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board shuttered the six casinos that hadn’t already closed, the Pittsburg Post-Gazette reported. This followed several efforts by state and local officials to limit public gatherings. Online casino gambling continues.
  • Date of Last Action: The announcement came March 16.
  • Duration: No timeline for opening has been announced

Rhode Island

  • Status: The state’s two casinos closed March 14
  • Reason: State lottery officials, which have regulatory oversight of the two Twin River properties, announced the decision after a recommendation from the Rhode Island Department of Health, Providence CBS Affiliate WPRI reported.
  • Date of Last Action: The closures came March 14, after officials had previously announced they would keep the two casinos open.
  • Duration: The casinos will be closed through March 21, but that could be extended further.

West Virginia

  • Status: All four commercial casinos, as well as the private Greenbrier Resort, were ordered to close March 17.
  • Reason: Neither Gov. Jim Justice took action to close all five casinos on St. Patrick’s Day. Justice’s family owns the Greenbrier. West Virginia was the last state without any publicly announced cases of COVID-19.
  • Date of Last Action: Justice still declared a state of emergency March 16 to prepare the state for an outbreak and closed casinos March 17.
  • Duration: It remains to be seen if, or when, state officials will take any action to open the casinos

States With Some Open Casinos

California

  • Status: Many of the state’s more than 150 casinos and card rooms have closed following recommendations from Gov. Gavin Newsom to prohibit gatherings of more than 50 people for at least eight weeks. Some facilities remain open, but more are announcing closures daily.
  • Reason: Though California has seen one of the largest COVID-19 outbreaks, Newsom has not explicitly shuttered casinos. It’s now up to each facility to decide whether or not to remain open.
  • Date of Last Action: More and more casinos are closing daily, with some closing as early as last week.
  • Duration: Several casinos have announced closures through March, though it’s likely they could suspend operations longer if the coronavirus continues to linger.

Florida

  • Status: State gaming centers are, in effect, closed as of March 20.
  • Reason: Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered all bars and nightclubs to shut down at 5 p.m. March 17. The Seminole Hard Rock casinos voluntarily closed March. 20.
  • Date of Last Action: On March 20, several Native American casinos including the Hard Rock in Tampa as well as Hollywood announced they would close the same day. Miccosukee Resort and Gaming Center in Miami closed all entertainment portions of its facility. The casinos are not subject to the same federal and state mandates as commercial properties.
  • Duration: For now, it appears at least some tribal casinos will remain open for the immediate future, though more closures are likely and gaming options are highly limited, if available at all.

Michigan

  • Status: The state’s three commercial casinos in Detroit are closed, though some of the state’s 23 Native American casinos remain open as of March 17.
  • Reason: The three commercial casinos all announced they would close by March 16 following directives from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to cease all gatherings of 250 people or more.
  • Date of Last Action: MotorCity closed at noon March 16, while MGM Grand Detroit and Greektown closed at 5 p.m. the same day, the Detroit News reported.
  • Duration: The three commercial casinos will all be closed for two weeks. Several Native American casinos have closed, and more will likely follow.

Minnesota

  • Status: Some Native American casinos remain open as of March 17.
  • Reason: Without a formal mandate to close, several of the casinos continue to operate in limited capacities.
  • Date of Last Action: On March 16, Gov. Tim Waltz ordered all bars and restaurants to close. Though the Native American casinos aren’t subject to the same state regulations, more dramatic closures could cajole the remaining open facilities to close.
  • Duration: Some casinos have already announced closures through the end of the month, but those could be extended.

New Mexico

  • Status: Several Native American casinos have closed, though a few remain open as of March 17.
  • Reason: The casinos are choosing to close on an individual basis in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Date of Last Action: Three casinos announced closures March 17, though more are likely to follow.
  • Duration: Some casinos have announced closures last for a month, but these could be lengthened.

Oklahoma

  • Status: All of Oklahoma’s more than 100 casinos have closed
  • Reason: The Native American casinos had greater leeway to choose whether or not to stay open but all had done so by late March.
  • Date of Last Action: Tribal gaming representatives said every casino had closed as of March 23.
  • Duration: Suspensions range from several weeks to indefinitely.

Oregon

  • Status: Some of the state’s Native American casinos remain open as others have closed
  • Reason: Though Gov. Kate Brown has ordered entertainment venues to close, they are not subject to state mandates.
  • Date of Last Action: More closures were announced as recently as March 17.
  • Duration: Closures could continue through the end of March, but are subject to change.

South Dakota

  • Status: The state’s commercial and Native American casinos have announced varying restrictions on hotels, buffets or outright closures.
  • Reason: There’s no formal ban on casino openings as of March 17.
  • Date of Last Action: New closures and restrictions are coming nearly every day.
  • Duration: The limitations are likely to last through at least the end of March and possibly longer.

Washington

  • Status: As of March 17, a growing number of Washington Native American casinos have closed down and the remaining open facilities may follow suit
  • Reason: Washington has been an epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. The casinos, located on sovereign tribal lands, aren’t subject to the same state and federal regulations as commercial properties, but have been working to mitigate the risk to customers – including outright closures.
  • Date of Last Action: As of March 16, eight tribes had closed their casinos, the Seattle Times reported.
  • Duration: Most publicly announced delays are through the end of March, though these could be extended.

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