As the recent coronavirus outbreak continues to spread across the globe, the United States is beginning to feel the pinch. A number of changes have already been implemented in a bid to deal with the issue. In Pennsylvania, one of the ways that are being used to combat the spread of the virus is the closure of certain non-essential spaces. These spaces include large gatherings or recreational activities such as movie theaters, gyms as well as shopping malls.
As of this writing, four of the Keystone States have stopped their operations temporarily alongside several other businesses. This temporary closure is being implemented in order to prevent the possibility of further spread of the coronavirus. In addition to that, the state’s residents have also been warned against non-essential travel within certain counties.
Valley Forge Casino and Harrah’s Philadelphia have ceased their operations until further notice due to the virus. Information about potential reopening dates will be made available once everything cools down and the spread of the virus has been contained.
Rivers Casino Philadelphia, on the other hand, has chosen to voluntarily close its business for a total of 14 days beginning midnight on Sunday. The same goes for Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh, in particular, was already on the spot after its mayor, Bill Peduto, declared a state of emergency on Friday. This restricted any gathering that involves more than 250 people.
Various health centers across the United States have already set up both advisory and screening hotlines where residents will be able to find assistance. In addition to that, there are dozens of testing centers spread across the state.
Speaking on the matter, Richard McGarvey who is the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’s spokesperson said that everyone in the state should adhere to the guidelines that have been outlined by the state’s department of health. He went on to comment on the casinos that are closing down voluntarily for playing their part in the fight to control the spread of the virus. Seems like online gaming is the way to go now.
“As the situation changes and as the governor and the Health Department come out with ‘Here’s what needs to be happening,’ the casinos so far I think have been open to that and doing those requirements.”PGCB Spokesperson Richard McGarvey
Thankfully, Dozens of casinos in the United States have been taking the necessary steps just like in Pennsylvania. For instance, Las Vegas’ MGM and Wynn Resorts properties have shut down their operations. On a similar note, Hard Rock, which is widely known for its live entertainment offerings, has canceled all those events. These include concerts as well as nightclub entertainment.