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Massachusetts casinos extend closure through the end of May

14 May 2020

Similarly to the decision two weeks ago, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted unanimously 5-0 today to extend the closures of the three casinos in The Bay State - Plainridge Park Casino, Encore Boston Harbor and MGM Springfield - until 1 June.

According to the MCG, the three licensees are working with the commission on the development of reopening guidelines.

The topics of the guidelines include:
  • Physical distancing
  • Hygiene and cleaning
  • Staffing and operations
  • Screening and occupancy

"Currently, we are at the beginning of an iterative process to support a safe and sustainable reopening of all three gaming establishments," said MGC Chair Cathy Judd-Stein. "Our licensees have been leaders within the gaming industry throughout this global challenge, guiding national discussions and sharing ideas across the industry about how to prepare and operate under a new normal.

"Like so many organizations around the world, they have been required to make difficult assessments regarding individual business needs and have done so with a shared commitment to health and well-being at the core of their decision-making.

"Reopening plans will continue to evolve, informed by science and federal, state and local directives. We are all closely monitoring the guidance of Governor Baker’s Reopening Advisory Board and fully appreciate the Governor’s emphasis that data rather than dates will drive the anticipated phased approach to reopen the Commonwealth’s economy."

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