Casinos in Pennsylvania are once again closing due to the rapid rise of COVID-19 cases.
PlayPennsylvania will continue to provide updates on Pennsylvania casino closures and eventual reopenings as information becomes available.
Timeline of PA casino closures and reopenings in spring/summer
In early March, PlayPennsylvania started reporting on the coronavirus and ways for visitors to protect themselves during visits to casinos. A live blog started on March 12 as casinos across the commonwealth began to close to slow the spread of COVID-19.
All 12 brick-and-mortar casinos closed for about 100 days before the first ones reopened their doors in June.
Timeline of closures of Pennsylvania casinos in spring 2020
- March 12: The first casino in Pennsylvania closed to stop the spread of coronavirus.
- March 17: All 12 PA casinos closed.
- June 9: The first two casinos reopened in the state — Rivers Casino Pittsburgh and The Meadows.
- 84 days: All casinos in PA were out of operation.
- July 17: Rivers Casino Philadelphia, the only remaining shuttered casino, resumed operations.
- 126 days: Amount of time from when the first casino closed to the last casino opened.
Casino health and safety protocols
When casinos reopened, things looked different. Per the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, all casinos in the state have been required to follow COVID-19 Casino Reopening Protocols, which detail the minimum safety and health-related requirements that are mandatory before reopening.
Key points to remember are:
- Casinos can reopen at 50% capacity.
- Employees and guests must wear masks.
- There are markings on the floor to promote social distancing.
- Enhanced cleaning is required throughout the