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Penn National Gaming properties in Illinois temporarily suspend operations

14 March 2020

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Penn National Gaming announced today that it has received an order from the Illinois Gaming Board that it must temporarily suspend operations for 14 days at its three casinos beginning Monday, March 16, as a precautionary measure against the ongoing spread of COVID-19.

“The health and well-being of our guests and team members will always be our paramount concern,” said Jay Snowden, President and CEO of Penn National Gaming. “Since the coronavirus threat began there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at any Penn National casino, and we have implemented stringent CDC-recommended protocols throughout our enterprise, including increased daily cleaning regimens at our facilities, maximizing air circulation, cancelling or postponing all concerts and live events, and we’re in the process of temporarily closing down buffets, among other initiatives.

“As for our 1,200 team members at Hollywood Casino - Aurora, Hollywood Casino - Joliet and Hollywood Casino Alton, who will be impacted by this temporary closure, we plan to continue to pay their full wages and benefits for the 14 day period. This is a challenging time for all of us, and we are very appreciative of the overwhelming support and understanding from our guests and team members. We look forward to reopening our doors just as soon as possible. In the meantime, we will be taking the opportunity to continue our deep cleaning efforts and preparing our casinos to welcome our loyal customers back,” concluded Mr. Snowden.

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