USA – It has been announced today that business operations have been halted in all casino venues in Illinois after the Illinois Gaming Board ordered them to close temporarily amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Although some individual establishments were considering a closure period as a preventative measure, the Illinois Gaming Board has stepped in to ensure that a two week closure period will be enforced.
One establishment that was enforcing its own temporary closure is Rivers Casino located in in Des Plaines, Illinois.
Rivers Casino opened in 2011 and is majority-owned by Churchill Downs Incorporated, the parent company of Churchill Downs, a Thoroughbred racetrack most famous for annually hosting the Kentucky Derby.
A statement from the casino read:
“In the best interests of our Team Members, guests and the Chicagoland community, we are temporarily closing Rivers Casino Des Plaines effective Sunday, March 15, for fourteen days. Although there have been no known cases of COVID-19 at the property, we are suspending operations out of an abundance of caution and to promote the social distancing recommended by health officials.”
Other area casinos affected by the closure enforced by the Illinois Gaming Board include: Hollywood Casino Joliet and Harrah’s Joliet among others.
Harrah’s Joliet is a riverboat casino in Joliet, Illinois, outside Chicago, operated by Caesars Entertainment. After state law was changed to allow riverboat casinos to remain permanently docked, instead of cruising every two hours, Harrah’s replaced its boats in 2001 with two joined barges, with 40,000 square feet of gaming space with 1,138 slot machines and 31 table games.