Casinos in Pennsylvania are still fighting for the existence of the COVID19 pandemic. The casinos in Pennsylvania would now go under pandemic lockdown. The Maryland venues would see the capacity halved again.
Tom Wolf, the Pennsylvania governor announced that 12 State Casinos would shut from December 12. The River Casino Philadelphia was previously shut under November 20.
According to the rules, River Casino would reopen on January 2. The others can open doors only on January 4 however. The rule is not only for the casinos but for every venue that offers indoor entertainment.
Wolf made this announcement from quarantine, as he has contracted the COVID19 as well. He said that the new rules are frustrating and painful but required. Pennsylvania recorded over 1K deaths in the past week due to COVID19.
The casinos had to endure a three-month long shutdown before and are already struggling. All the nine casino executives sent a letter to the Governor previously against the shutdown. They urged that they would spend tens of millions for every safeguard and protocol. The executives also said that it was not possible to wrap up things within just days’ notice. It was not possible to secure thousands of slot machines, condemning the timeline, the executives said.
Not long ago, the Pennsylvania casinos celebrated protecting their staff from COVID19. The rate of positive cases among the staff in Pennsylvania was 2/3 of Nevada’s. However, everything fell on deaf ears.
Pennsylvania however would have the online casinos to offset some of the losses. But Maryland casinos do not have those options as well. The casinos in Maryland has been ordered to reduce the capacity from 50% to 25%. Also, the casinos are not expected to go back to 50% capacity until January 17. The state has witnessed the growth of COVID19 cases in the recent past.
The casino gaming revenue of Maryland fell by 8.6% from October to November. The casinos were recovering after the reopening of months of pandemic lockdown.