PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The six state casinos still open, including The Meadows and Lady Luck Nemacolin, were ordered to close amid the coronavirus outbreak.
On Monday, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board instructed the six remaining casinos to start closing procedures and shut down by 6 a.m. Tuesday.
“The order to close follows the rapid expansion of reported COVID-19 cases and is aimed at mitigating the spread of the virus,” the gaming control board said in a press release.
“While the closure of the casinos is temporary, there is no specific indication of when reopening will occur.”
The Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh already closed. As of Monday afternoon, there were six cases of coronavirus in Allegheny County, and one in Washington where The Meadows is located.
Washington Co.’s commissioner says they were frustrated that The Meadows wasn’t closing, and they did not have the authority to close it.
The casino also said it will be compensating its employees during the closure.
Washington County has one confirmed case of coronavirus, as of Monday afternoon.
The commissioner says they are at the mercy of the State Health Department in regards to more information about the coronavirus case.
The announcement regarding the casinos followed Gov. Tom Wolf asking all “non-essential” businesses to close.
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