Twin River casinos to close for one week

by Administrator
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The Twin River casinos in Lincoln and Tiverton will close for one week, beginning at midnight, the director of the state Lottery announced Friday. Please see the below statement from Lottery Director Gerry Aubin regarding the closure of the Twin River and Tiverton Casinos.

Gambling is the state’s third-largest source of revenue. In the current fiscal year, the state expected to receive $295.5 million from video-lottery terminals and $15 million from table games, plus $9.4 million from sports betting.

“In consultation with the Rhode Island Department of Health, today we have ordered the Twin River Casino and the Tiverton Casino to be closed to the public,” said the statement, from Lottery Director Gerry Aubin.

“Impacted employees will be eligible for unemployment benefits. A limited number of employees will remain at the facilities to secure, sanitize, and maintain them. During the closure, Twin River will work with the Department of Health to implement additional protections for customers, before the facilities reopen. The casino management is fully cooperating with the Lottery on the closure. We understand that this decision may be disappointing to our customers, and we appreciate your patience. Our top priority is the safety of Rhode Islanders. The closure is anticipated to last one week, at which point the situation will be reassessed based on the most up-to-date data and guidance from the Rhode Island Department of Health.”

“We sincerely regret any inconvenience to our customers,“said Marc Crisafulli, president of Twin River. “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.

“During our closure, we will work diligently to implement additional protective measures for our customers upon re-opening. We also will continue to move forward with other guest related projects as feasible. We will keep you apprised of any updates relative to the temporary closure of the two Twin River properties in Rhode Island,” Crisafulli said.