On Memorial Day, Monday, May 31 at 12:01 a.m., all COVID-19 limits, with the exception of mask-wearing in public, would be lifted in Pennsylvania as announced by Governor Tom Wolf.
As a result, casinos will be able to increase capacity to 100 percent on that day. Furthermore, there will be no restrictions in bars or restaurants.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board forced the state’s remaining open casinos to close in mid-March when the state first began issuing closure orders last March. COVID-19 reopening guidelines were issued by the regulator prior to the reopening.
The state’s casinos would be able to choose their own additional capacity and additional safeguards, such as plexiglass.
Following Wolf’s announcement, Philadelphia Health Commissioner Thomas Farley said the city would review the state’s proposal but did not say if the city would follow suit. On Wednesday, however, members of the Philadelphia City Council chastised Farley for not announcing a reopening date. Rivers Casino Philadelphia and Live! Casino Philadelphia are both located within the city limits and are governed by its laws.