Current status of US Casinos re-opening due to Corona Virus

by Administrator

This is an ongoing story and will be updated regularly 

The uncontrollable spread of COVID-19 has brought the casino industry to a grinding halt. Across the country, casinos are closing their doors to casual and experts bettors in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

On March 19, the American Gaming Association issued a release on the crisis. AGA President and CEO Bill Miller said:

“An estimated 616,000 casino gaming employees are prevented from working because of the important health and safety decisions made by state governments. Nearly all (95%) of the country’s 465 commercial casinos, and eight-in-ten (83%*) of the country’s 524 tribal casinos, have shuttered their doors.

“The impact on our employees, their families, and communities is staggering, and the implications extend far beyond the casino floor. Leading technology companies that supply the industry, and the nearly 350,000 small business employees that rely on gaming for their livelihood, are also feeling the devastating blow of this unprecedented public health crisis.”

So when will US casinos re-open amid the crisis? Only time will tell.
 

 Though many gamblers will turn to horse bettingonline casinos and online poker, our staff at PlayUSA wants to keep you up to date with a list of casino properties that have suspended operations in the wake of this global pandemic.

ALABAMA CASINOS

Gov. Kay Ivey has outlined an order which will allow businesses to open at 50% of their occupancy levels. Businesses must abide by social distancing and sanitation measures. The new order goes into effect on April 30 at 5 p.m.

However, entertainment venues such as casinos will remain closed.

Closed properties are owned and operated by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.

  • Wind Creek Casino Hotel Atmore
  • Wind Creek Casino and Hotel Wetumpka
  • Wind Creek Casino and Hotel Montgomery

ARIZONA CASINOS

Several Arizona casinos intend to reopen to the public May 15 with new sanitation and social distancing measures in place.

Five properties have announced plans to open their doors with limited facilities and new health guidelines:

  • Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino
  • Fort McDowell Casino
  • All three Gila River casinos

Harrah’s, for example, will feature slot machines spaced farther apart and limited seating at table games. Additionally, the public and employees will have ample access to hand-sanitizing stations. Keno, bingo and the poker room, though, will remain closed.

As for Fort McDowell, blackjack and bingo will go back online starting May 22, and the casino awaits federal, state and health guidance before welcoming back poker. Patrons will be temperature-checked upon entering the casino, and those clocking in too high will be turned away. Inside, tables and slots will space guests, and employees will wear masks and gloves.

Gila River’s three properties (Wild Horse Pass, Lone Butte, Vee Quiva) expects to open Friday with limited seating at table and bingo games. Plexiglass shield will also separate slot machines. Employees, meanwhile, will undergo COVID-19 testing before returning to work and be retested every two weeks.

Casinos remaining closed include:

  • Talking Stick Resort
  • Casino Arizona
  • We-Ko-Pa Resort

ARKANSAS CASINOS

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced that Arkansas casinos can reopen May 18 with limited capacity and newly instituted guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The state’s three properties — Oaklawn Racing Casino ResortSouthland Casino and Saracen Casino Resort — have presented proposals to promote social distancing and “manage the population there,” according to the governor.

Casinos have been closed since March 17.

Hutchinson noted that casinos must follow “stringent” guidelines for social distancing, though how that will affect which games properties can offer remains to be seen. Casinos, however, must limit business to one-third their capacity.

CALIFORNIA CASINOS

Like most states, California has called for the suspension of events with 250 or more people while also ordering bars and restaurants to close up shop temporarily.

As for California casinos, some tribal properties have already started to take precautionary measures that include temporarily closing.

A number of casinos have closed until further notice. Those properties include:

  • Agua Calientie Casino Palm Springs
  • Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage
  • Augustine Casino
  • Cahuilla Casino
  • Casino Pauma
  • Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
  • Harrah’s Resort Southern California
  • Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa
  • Pala Casino, Spa & Resort
  • Pechanga Resort Casino
  • Spotlight 29 Casino
  • Tortoise Rock Casino
  • Jamul Casino
  • Sycuan Casino Resort: expected to reopen May 20
  • Vejias Casino & Resort
  • Valley View Casino & Hotel: expected to reopen May 22
  • Golden Acorn Casino

Additionally, Barona Resort & Casino remains shuttered until at least April 19, while both San Manuel Casino and Soboba Casino Resort are closed through April. Valley View Casino & Hotel, meanwhile, will remain closed until early May.

COLORADO CASINOS

While Gov. Jared Polis indicated that new cases of COVID-19 and hospitalizations have decreased, and while the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released a 34-page order that set standards for business and retailers for reopening, casinos will remain closed in the Centennial State.

Per the order that was released on April 27, that will remain the case through May 26.

More than 30 commercial and tribal casinos call Colorado home. Tribal properties, however, are not mandated to follow the order.

The capital city of Denver extended stay-at-home orders through May 8, as did four counties: Arapahoe, Boulder, Adams, Jefferson.

CONNECTICUT CASINOS

The state’s two casinos, Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort, both agreed to temporarily close in mid-March with hopes of reopening by April.

Both properties agreed to extended their timelines and as it stands, Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort will remain shuttered until at least April 30. However, Gov. Ned Lamont has extended his stay-at-home order through May 20. If this affects the casinos plans to reopen are yet to be known.

DELAWARE CASINOS

As of March 17, all three casinos in Delaware closed following emergency declarations made by Gov. John Carney. Since that time, all three have announced they will remain closed until further notice.

Those properties include:

  • Delaware Park
  • Dover Downs
  • Harrington Casino and Raceway

FLORIDA CASINOS

5/14/2020 Update: The Seminole Tribe of Florida amended its previous position Friday, opting to temporarily close its Florida casinos. These locations include Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee, Seminole Casino Brighton, Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, and Seminole Classic Casino.

  • Calder Casino: closed starting March 16
  • Palm Beach Kennel Club: closed starting March 16
  • Hialeah Park Casino: closed until further notice
  • The Casino @ Dania Beach: closed starting March 17
  • The Big Easy Casino: closed starting March 17 until further notice
  • The Casino at Gulfstream Park: closed starting March 17 until further notice

ILLINOIS CASINOS

The Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) extended its closure of all casinos and video gaming terminals until April 30. This includes all Illinois casinosall video gaming operations, and all Illinois sports betting. There are 35,483 video gaming terminals in the state operating at 7,307 bars, restaurants and truckstops.

Recently, Gov. JB Pritzker extended his stay-at-home order until May 30. The IGB has yet to announce is casinos will reopen or remain closed till the end of May.

Casinos and racetracks closed:

  • Argosy Casino Alton
  • Casino Queen
  • Harrah’s Joliet Casino & Hotel
  • Grand Victoria Casino
  • Hollywood Casino Aurora
  • Hollywood Casino Joliet
  • Rivers Casino
  • Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino
  • Harrah’s Metropolis Casino & Hotel
  • Jumer’s Casino & Hotel
  • Fairmont Park
  • Hawthorne Casino and Race Course

INDIANA CASINOS

The Indiana casino industry has suspended operations indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes popular casino locations like Ameristar East and Horseshoe Casinos, both located minutes from downtown Chicago.

The state’s casinos have been closed since mid-March. These include:

  • Ameristar Casino East Chicago – East Chicago
  • Belterra Casino – Florence
  • Blue Chip Casino – Michigan City
  • French Lick Resort Casino – French Lick
  • Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg – Lawrenceburg
  • Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing and Casino – Anderson
  • Horseshoe Casino Hammond – Hammond
  • Horseshoe Casino Southern Indiana – Elizabeth
  • Indiana Grand Racing & Casino – Shelbyville
  • Majestic Star I & II – Gary
  • Rising Star Casino – Rising Star
  • Tropicana Evansville – Evansville

As of May 5, it looks like the “Phase 4” launch date of June 14 will be opening day for casinos.

IOWA CASINOS

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced April 28 that Iowa will begin taking a “targeted approach” to easing coronavirus-related restrictions throughout the state. Starting May 1, restaurants, fitness centers, and retail stores in 77 of the state’s 99 counties will be authorized to reopen at 50% of their normal capacities.

However, Reynolds also announced that other closures shall remain in place through May 15. That includes casinos and any other facilities related to gaming or pari-mutuel wagering.

Casinos and racetracks closed:

  • Ameristar
  • Casino Queen
  • Catfish Bend
  • Diamond Jo Dubuque
  • Diamond Jo Worth
  • Grand Falls
  • Hard Rock
  • Harrah’s
  • Horseshoe
  • Iowa Greyhound Park
  • Isle Bettendorf
  • Isle Waterloo
  • Lakeside
  • Prairie Meadows
  • Q Casino
  • Rhythm City
  • Riverside
  • Wild Rose Emmetsburg
  • Wild Rose Jefferson
  • Wild Rose Clinton

KANSAS CASINOS

The Kansas Lottery announced the four state-owned casinos will shut down to help “slow the spread of COVID-19.”

Closed casinos:

  • Hollywood Casino in Kansas City
  • Kansas Crossing in Pittsburg
  • Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane
  • Boot Hill Casino in Dodge City

Kansas Crossing Casino is working to potentially reopen May 18.

KENTUCKY RACING

Churchill Downs announced Tuesday it has postponed the Kentucky Derby until Saturday, September 5. The historic racetrack also closed their gambling parlors for the time being.

Keeneland and Red Mile racetrack have also closed their gambling facilities, following guidance by the CDC. Keeneland also announced it has canceled its entire 2020 spring racing meet.

LOUISIANA CASINOS

The first major gambling market in the country announced plans to reopen, and Louisiana casinos intend to do so May 18, pending approval from state police.

Fifth in revenue behind Nevada, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York, Louisiana will reportedly allow its casinos to return to business once state police approves the properties’ plans.

Chief among those policies are casinos taking social distancing measures once reopened, requiring masks for employees, and performing extensive cleaning on gambling equipment.

Additionally, limited gaming will become available, as half of a casino’s slots and table games will welcome customers.

Caesars Entertainment, though, noted that Harrah’s New Orleans Casino may not reopen right away due to the prevalence of COVID-19 in the city.

For now, casinos remain closed, including:

  • Boomtown Bossier
  • Eldorado Resort
  • Horseshoe
  • Diamond Jacks
  • Sam’s Town
  • Margaritaville
  • Isle Lake Charles
  • L’auberge Lake Charles
  • Golden Nugget Lake Charles
  • Amelia Belle
  • Boomtown New Orleans
  • Treasure Chest
  • Belle of Baton Rouge
  • Hollywood Baton Rouge
  • L’auberge Baton Rouge
  • Harrah’s New Orleans Casino
  • Delta Downs
  • Harrah’s LA Downs
  • Evangeline Downs
  • Fair Grounds

MAINE CASINOS

Taking the health and well being of guests and team members, Jay Snowden, president and CEO of Penn National Gaming, which owns Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway in Bangor, Maine, has decided to close until further notice.

Oxford Casino & Hotel, has also voluntarily suspended operations beginning on Monday, March 16.

Both casinos have followed the actions of other casinos across the country in closing their doors amid the COID-19 outbreak.

MARYLAND CASINOS

Gov. Larry Hogan announced the closure of the state’s 12 casinos and racetracks and all simulcast betting facilities effective on Monday, March 16. There has been no announcement on when properties will re-open but all are expected to remain closed indefinitely.

Casinos and racetracks closed:

  • MGM National Harbor
  • Live! Casino & Hotel
  • Horseshoe Casino Baltimore
  • Hollywood Casino Perryville
  • Ocean Downs Casino
  • Rocky Gap Casino Resort
  • Laurel Park
  • Pimlico Race Course
  • Timonium Race Course
  • Fair Hill Races
  • Rosecroft Raceway
  • Ocean Downs

MASSACHUSETTS CASINOS

Massachusetts’ three casinos, Plainridge Park, MGM Springfield, and Encore Boston Harbor will be closed until at least May 18.

MICHIGAN CASINOS

The three commercial casinos in downtown Detroit are expected to remain closed indefinitely.

Casinos closed:

  • MGM Grand
  • Greektown Casino
  • MotorCity Casino

MINNESOTA CASINOS

Native American tribes across the state are suspending gaming operations and closing their doors in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

On Monday, Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Casino Hickley were the latest to close.

For now, Minnesota casinos remain closed indefinitely. 

The state has 11 Native American tribes operating 21 separate casinos across Minnesota.

MISSISSIPPI CASINOS

On April 24, Gov. Tate Reeves announced he signed a “safer at home” order that eased restrictions in Mississippi and went into effect three days later.

Mississippi casinos have remained shuttered since March 16. However, according to a new notice from Allen Godfreyexecutive director of the MS Gaming Commissioncasinos can begin reopening on Thursday, May 21, with strict safety and health guidelines in place.

The state has 26 casinos in total, all of which will be evaluated on a daily basis the commission said.

  • Central region casinos closed: 7
  • Coastal region casinos closed: 12
  • Northern region casinos closed: 7

These casinos include:

  • 1st Jackpot Casino Tunica
  • Ameristar Casino Hotel
  • Beau Rivage
  • Boomtown Casino Biloxi
  • Fitzgerald’s Tunica
  • Gold Strike Tunica
  • Golden Nugget Biloxi
  • Hard Rock Casino Biloxi
  • Harlow’s Casino Resort
  • Harrah’s Gulf Coast
  • Hollywood Casino Gulf Coast
  • Hollywood Casino Tunica
  • IP Casino Biloxi
  • Island View Casino
  • Isle of Capri
  • Magnolia Bluffs Casino
  • Palace Casino
  • Riverwalk Casino Hotel
  • Sam’s Town Tunica
  • Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort
  • Silver Slipper Casino
  • Treasure Bay Casino
  • WaterView Casino and Hotel

MISSOURI CASINOS

Gov. Mike Parson has appeared aggressive in getting his state back online, including Missouri casinos.

As the governor loosens stay-at-home orders, casinos in the state could open as early as May 15. That said, Mike Leara, the top gambling regulator in Missouri, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the state’s 13 casinos coild elect to remain closed longer. But Leara added that when casinos do open, “it will be universal.”

Properties have been shuttered under Parson’s orders since March 17.

For now, closed casinos include:

  • St. Jo Frontier Casino
  • Mark Twain Casino
  • Ameristar Casino Kansas City
  • Ameristar Casino St. Charles
  • Harrah’s Kansas City
  • Century Casino Cape Girardeau
  • Century Casino Caruthersville
  • Isle of Capri Casino, Kansas City
  • Isle of Capri Casino, Boonville
  • Lumiere Place Casino & Hotels
  • Argosy Riverside Casino
  • River City Casino
  • Hollywood Casino St. Louis

MONTANA CASINOS

Some states have not been hit as hard with coronavirus. Montana is one of those states.

As such, following an initial directive to limit gatherings, Gov. Steve Bullock came forward on April 22 with his reopening plan.

Included is the authorization for casinos, restaurants and bars to reopen May 4 with limited capacity.

Montana does feature state-sanctioned sports betting as well as a modified version of mobile wagering.

Sports Bet Montana exists on betting terminals in select retailers scattered throughout the state. Those businesses are also equipped with communication beacons that allow customers to log on to the betting app and wager on mobile devices. Bettors must be physically inside those businesses to bet online.

Despite a shortage of sports to wager on, so long as Montana allows these locations to remain open, residents will have gaming opportunities.

NEVADA CASINOS

Gov. Steve Sisolak announced March 17 the closure of nonessential businesses in the state, which includes Nevada casinos.

This came mere days after Sisolak provided strong support for “any decision our properties make … whether or not to close.”

Prior to this announcement, Wynn Las Vegas and its attached sister property Encore elected to suspend operations beginning March 17 at 6 p.m. 

Treasure Island Las Vegas is looking to reopen in the coming weeks. An exact date is not set, but the property is already accepting reservations beginning May 22.

MGM Resorts is hopeful to reopen by early June. Its properties include:

  • MGM Grand
  • Mandalay Bay
  • Luxor
  • Excalibur
  • New-New York
  • Aria and Vdara at CityCenter
  • Park MGM
  • Bellagio
  • The Mirage

Las Vegas Sands Corp, which owns the Venetian and Palazzo resort-hotels is looking to reopen in June.

Caesars Entertainment plans to reopen properties in a phased approach.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board on March 16 issued “Restrictions on Operations during COVID-19 Outbreak” to all of the state’s gaming licensees.

The board emphasized that it will enforce the following restrictions, which will remain in place until further notice:

  • There may be no more than three chairs at each table game.
  • Each gaming machine must be cleaned and sanitized at least once every two hours.
  • Patrons may not serve themselves from buffets that remain open. Similarly, employees may not
    serve themselves in employee dining areas.
  • The gaming floor and other public areas of a licensee’s property must operate under the latest
    social distancing guidance from Nevada’s medical advisory team.

For those wishing to stay home, Nevada offers online poker via the World Series of Poker website and WSOP app.

The first casino casualty has hit Nevada. The Lakeside Inn and Casino in Lake Tahoe announced it would not reopen. This is the first permanent casino closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. Perhaps one of the smallest venues in the state, the property has 13 table games and 314 slot machines.

 

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE CASINOS

There is no word yet on when casinos in New Hampshire will reopen.

NEW JERSEY CASINOS

Effective March 16New Jersey — alongside New York and Connecticut — ordered all casinos, movie theaters and gyms to close indefinitely. Restaurants and bars, meanwhile, will only be open for takeout and delivery.

The order will remain in effect “until further notice.”

Additionally, the order shuts down nonessential businesses such as racetracks (among others), meaning the likes of Monmouth Park and Meadowlands Racetrack will suspend operations.

Any business that violates the executive order, according to officials, will be prosecuted for a disorderly persons offense. Gov. Phil Murphy said the state “will take aggressive action” to help combat the outbreak.

Despite the closures, Murphy assured New Jersey online gambling will continue, including sports betting (despite league suspensions and cancellations) and online casinos in New Jersey.

The Garden State boasts more than 20 online casinos. Below are a few of the most popular destinations:

NEW MEXICO CASINOS

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grishman has stood behind hardened social-distancing recommendations, restricting restaurant service to 50% seating capacity with a 6-foot buffer between tables.

As businesses implement temporary suspensions, several New Mexico casinos are doing the same.

Penn National announced that Zia Park Casino Hotel & Racetrack will close its doors starting March 16. The closure will last until further notice as a precautionary measure.

Within a few days, several other properties followed suit:

  • Sandia Resort & Casino – closed beginning March 17
  • Isleta Resort & Casino – closed beginning March 17
  • Palace West Casino – closed beginning March 17
  • Santa Ana Star Casino – closed beginning March 17
  • Route 66 Casino Hotel – closed beginning March 18
  • Dancing Eagle Casino – closed beginning March 18
  • Casino Express – closed beginning March 18

NEW YORK CASINOS

All New York casinos closed on Monday amid the coronavirus outbreak. Properties will remain closed indefinitely despite no known cases of COVID-19.

  • Resorts World Catskills
  • Rivers Casino Resort
  • del Lago Casino Resort
  • Tioga Downs

Additionally, tribal casinos like Turning Stone Casino Resort in Verona and two other casinos in Madison County also closed Monday. Casinos will most likely remain closed for two weeks.

Other tribal properties are expected to follow.

NORTH CAROLINA CASINOS

The only two casinos in North Carolina, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort and Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino, have announced a phased reopening begging as early as May 18.

NORTH DAKOTA CASINOS

There is no word yet on when casinos in North Dakota will reopen due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

OHIO CASINOS

Last Friday, Gov. Mike DeWine issued an order banning gathering of 100 people or more. According to Cleveland.com, the state’s four casinos and seven racinos must close or keep the total number of people in the building, including employees, under 100.

As of Monday, all 11 gaming facilities have suspended operations.

“We will monitor this rapidly changing situation and will keep you informed as decisions are made on when we will reopen,” MGM Northfield told Crain’s Cleveland in an email. “All scheduled promotions and events will be postponed until further notice,” MGM Northfield said in an email sent out to patrons.”

Closed casinos and racinos:

  • Belterra Park Gaming and Entertainment Center
  • Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park
  • Hollywood Casino Columbus
  • Hollywood Casino Toledo
  • Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway
  • Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course
  • Jack Cincinnati Casino
  • Miami Valley Gaming
  • Scioto Downs Racing
  • Jack Thistledown Racino

OKLAHOMA CASINOS

Gov. Kevin Stitt declared a state of emergency on March 15. Schools and businesses have closed or are expected to remain as preventative measures. In Oklahoma City, they, along with the likes of casinos, were required to suspend operations.

The decision to open up casinos is up to each individual tribe, so dates will vary. Customers should expect similar guidelines across the state.

Statewide, the following Oklahoma casinos have closed but some are now reopening:

  • Artesan Casino: Closed through May 15
  • Chisholm Trail Casino: March 16-TBD
  • Muscogee (Creek) Nation casinos in Beggs, Holdenville, Eufaula, Bristow, Checotah, Okemah: closed
  • Newcastle Casino: March 16-TBD
  • Osage Casino: open with strict rules
  • Riverwind Casino: March 16-TBD
  • River Spirit Casino: closed beginning March 31
  • Salt Creek Casino: March 16-TBD
  • SouthWind Casino: March 17-TBD
  • Thunderbird Casino: open with strict rules
  • Tonkawa Hotel and Casino: open with strict rules
  • WinStar World Casino & Resort: Closed

OREGON CASINOS

The Northwest has seen an influx of coronavirus cases. While much of it surrounds the Seattle area, Oregon has been no stranger to the virus.

Gov. Kate Brown has banned seated dining at bars and restaurants and prohibited gatherings of more than 25 people. Nonessential business were also ordered to close temporarily.

While Oregon casinos, which reside on tribal land, do not need to obey such an order, several properties have gone that route:

  • Chinook Winds Casino and Resort: closed starting March 17
  • Seven Feathers Casino Resort: closed starting March 17
  • Spirit Mountain Casino: closed starting March 18

The state does not boast legal online casinos, but Oregon sports betting does exist. The Oregon Lottery Scoreboard app remains open and functional, albeit with limited betting options due to mass schedule cancellations and suspensions.

PENNSYLVANIA CASINOS

As of March 16, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has provided a list of Pennsylvania casino operators that have temporarily closed their doors. (Keep in mind that PA online casinos are fully operational.) The PGCB notes, casinos not on the list remain open but may have restrictions.

This announcement will most likely affect all PA sports betting operations as well. Currently, the four major pillars of sports, NBA, NFL, MLB, and NHL have suspended all play for the foreseeable future. Additionally, the NCAA, NASCAR and several other major sports leagues have all suspended operations for the time being.

Casinos and racetracks closed:

  • Oak Sports and Turf Club
  • Valley Forge Casino Resort
  • Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino
  • Rivers Philadelphia Casino
  • Rivers Pittsburgh Casino
  • Parx Casino
  • South Philadelphia Race and Sportsbook
  • Wind Creek Bethlehem
  • Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course
  • Mount Airy Casino Resort
  • Mohegan Sun Pocono
  • Lady Luck Nemacolin
  • Meadows Casino and Racetrack
  • Presque Isle Racetrack and Casino

Online casino and online poker remain up and running in PA and could see higher than normal player traffic. Here is a list of PA Casinos and their online partners:

  • SugarHouse Casino — PlaySugarHouse
  • Hollywood Casino — Hollywood Casino
  • Rivers Casino — BetRivers Casino
  • Valley Forge Casino — FanDuel Casino
  • Mohegan Sun Pocono — Unibet Casino
  • Mount Airy Casino — The Stars Group
  • Parx Casino — GAN (only Android available)

RHODE ISLAND CASINOS

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Rhode Island casinos, Twin River Casino in Lincoln and Tiverton, have closed.

“We sincerely regret any inconvenience to our customers,” Marc Crisafulli, president of Twin River told the Providence Journal. “However, the state’s efforts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus are of paramount importance. We believe this preventative approach is a necessary step to help ensure the health and safety of our employees, customers, and all Rhode Islanders.”

SOUTH DAKOTA CASINOS

There is no word yet when casinos in South Dakota will reopen due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

TEXAS CASINOS

All casinos in the Lone Star State have voluntarily closed.

WASHINGTON CASINOS

The state of Washington has seemingly become a hotbed for the virus.

As such, Gov. Jay Inslee issued a prohibition of events featuring more than 250 people, as well as ordering the closure of restaurants, bars, entertainment, and recreational activities.

The order itself does not apply to Washington casinos as they reside on tribal land. Some properties elected to adjust hours of operation, but others have chosen to close, whether in partial ways or altogether.

For example, 12 Tribes Resort Casino temporarily closed for cleaning “until further notice.” Meanwhile, Coulee Dam Casino and Mill Bay Casino remain open but will shut its doors twice a week for cleaning.

  • Angel of the Winds Casino Resort: open with strict rules

Meanwhile, seven properties have announced closures :

  • Tulalip Resort Casino: starting March 16, no reopen date
  • Quil Ceda Creek Nightclub & Casino: starting March 16, no reopen date
  • Emerald Queen Casino: closed beginning March 17
  • EQC at Fife: closed beginning March 17
  • Clearwater Casino Resort: closed beginning March 17
  • Angel of the Winds Casino: closed beginning March 17
  • Muckelshoot Casino: closed beginning March 17
  • Snoqualmie Casino: closed beginning March 18

WEST VIRGINIA CASINOS

Following the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in West Virginia, Gov. Jim Justice announced the closure of all restaurants, bars, and casinos. As of Tuesday, there has been no announcement on when casinos will re-open.

Closed West Virginia casinos include:

  • The Greenbrier
  • Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races
  • Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort
  • Mardi Gras West Virginia Casino Resort
  • Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack

WISCONSIN CASINOS

All casinos owned and operated by the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin have closed according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

Closed casinos:

  • Oneida Main Casino
  • Oneida Mason Street Casino
  • IMAC Casino/Bingo/OTB
  • Oneida Casino Travel Center
  • Oneida One-Stop Packerland

Taking the necessary steps to combat the spread of COVID-19, the Oneida Nation and the states 10 other tribes have closed 26 casinos in Wisconsin. 

Other closed casinos:

  • Bad River Lodge and Casino — Bad River Band of Chippewa Indians
  • Potawatomi Carter Casino Hotel — Forest County Potawatomi Indian Tribe
  • Potawatomi Bingo Casino — Forest County Potawatomi Indian Tribe
  • Ho-Chunk Gaming Black River Falls — Ho-Chunk Nation
  • Ho-Chunk Gaming Nekoosa — Ho-Chunk Nation
  • Ho-Chunk Gaming Tomah — Ho-Chunk Nation
  • Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells — Ho-Chunk Nation
  • Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg — Ho-Chunk Nation
  • Grindstone Creek Casino — Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin
  • Lac Courte Oreilles Casino — Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin
  • Lodge & Convention Center — Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin
  • Lake of the Torches Resort Casino — Lac du Flambeau band of Lake Superior Chippewa
  • Menominee Casino-Bingo-Hotel — Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin
  • Legendary Waters Resort and Casino — Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin
  • Mole Lake Casino — Sokaogon Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
  • St. Croix Casino Danbury — St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin
  • St. Croix Casino Hertel Express — St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin
  • St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake — St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin
  • North Star Mohican Casino Resort — Stockbridge-Munsee Band of the Mohican Tribe

WYOMING CASINOS

A pair of Wind River Reservation Tribes declared states of emergency within days of each other in mid-March. As a result, their respective casinos in Wyoming will temporarily close.

The Northern Arapaho Tribe announced March 16 that it would close its Wind River Hotel & Casino until further notice. Soon after, the Eastern Shoshone Tribe said it would close Shoshone Rose Casino & Hotel until further notice.

*Updated to reflect new closures since date of release

https://www.playusa.com/coronavirus-casino-updates/