Pennsylvania casinos to reopen today

Casinos were closed for three weeks from December 12.
Casinos were closed for three weeks from December 12.

Three of Pennsylvania’s commercial gaming properties have already announced their plans to reopen their doors today.

US.- Pennsylvania casinos are to reopen today, putting an end to the temporary three-week closures implemented on December 12 after a spike in coronavirus cases in the state.

Governor Tom Wolf announced on Wednesday that the restrictions would officially end on January 4 at 8am, paving the way for the reopening of Pennsylvania’s commercial casinos.

Rivers Casino Pittsburgh, Penn National Gaming’s Meadows Casino and Racetrack and Hollywood Casino at the Penn National Race Course have already announced their plans to reopen today with sanitary protocols in place.

Obligatory state protocols in place include a 50 per cent reduced capacity, mandatory face masks, social distancing and temperature checks for staff and customers.

Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Government Relations, Eric Schippers, said in a statement: “With what are perhaps the most rigorous COVID mitigation measures of any business in the Commonwealth, we are pleased to welcome both our customers and more than one thousand team members back to our facilities.

“For Pennsylvanians who enjoy casino gaming, we know that having patrons back in the Commonwealth’s highly regulated casinos is safer than having Pennsylvanians travel to out-of-state casinos or patronise illegal skill slot machine locations where there is no regulatory or COVID safety monitoring.”

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