When Will PA Casinos Reopen?

When Will PA Casinos Reopen?

Last week, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board announced that the state’s 12 casinos and video gaming terminals would be temporarily shut down due to public safety concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.

But with PA casinos currently closed, when does Pennsylvania think they might be able to authorize the reopening of the state’s casinos?

Right now, PA casinos could open as soon as January 4th at 8 AM. That is when the current Governor’s order expires. It could certainly be extended but that is the date that everyone is operating under.

Despite that PA casino operations have been shuttered, Pennsylvania online casinos remain unaffected.

Here are a few more answered questions about the closure of PA casinos…

When did PA casinos close?

Pennsylvania brick and mortar casinos were ordered to shut down on December 12 at 12:01 AM.

Which PA casinos are closed?

As part of Governor Tom Wolf’s order, all 12 major casinos in the state are not open. This includes the following list of casinos:

What else is closed?

The announcement of the closing of PA casinos was followed shortly by the revelation that the state’s video gaming terminals at trucks would also not be operational after December 12th at 12:01 AM.

Why were casinos closed?

Although many casinos in the United States remain open in some capacity, Pennsylvania has taken a cautious approach to closures as a result of public safety concerns. A Gaming Control Board excecutive Kevin O’Toole stated that public health, the safety of patrons, casino employees and others are of “paramount importance.”

PA casinos originally closed in March when the pandemic first started making waves and reopened in June when appropriate safety measures could be made and it was slightly less risky to do so.

With cases significantly increasing in recent weeks, it was determined that another closure was warranted.

Even with a January 4th reopening penciled in, the timeframe could be adjusted depending on what happens between now and then.

“The Board is continuously monitoring developments and will update licensees and the public as frequently as possible with any new developments.”