Impact Of Coronavirus (COVID-19) On Each US State

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As we find more and more states shutting down daily practises, here is where gambling is at in each US state and where the meetings of the General Assembly are while some states still discuss sports betting legislation.

Online casino gaming is legal in New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania. In those States plus Nevada, online poker is legal. West Virginia and Michigan legalised online casinos and later this year, will see planned launch dates.

Social casinos, like Chumba, are legal even in states which prohibit online gaming.

Alabama

CASINOS: On 27 March Gov. Kay Ivey ordered the closing of most non-essential enterprises. Wind Creek had announced that its three Alabama properties — Atmore, Wetumpka and Montgomery, were closed until 30 March, but this was likely extended indefinitely.

LEGISLATURE: According to the Montgomery Advertiser, legislators have adjourned until at least the end of April.

Alaska

CASINOS: Alaska is without casinos. State legislation permits bingo halls and pull-tab games.

LEGISLATURE: Emergency coronavirus law passed by the legislature March 29. According to the Anchorage Daily News, it helps Alaska to tackle health and economic pandemic issues. Entry to the Juneau capital was restricted to senators, employees, officials in the administration and credential media.

Arizona

CASINOS: All Phoenix area casinos have been closed and many around the state are moving that way or taking enhanced security measures.

LEGISLATURE: Lawmakers passed a $11.8 billion budget which included benefits for coronavirus-affected residents and was signed by Governor March 28. The legislature then embarked on a temporary recess beginning March 27.

Arkansas

CASINOS: The State’s casinos have closed. They were scheduled to reopen in late March.

LEGISLATURE: The capital was closed, but the arena of the University of Arkansas-Little Rock was recently convened by the legislature. House representatives adopted the recommendations for social distancing by spreading across the Jack Stevens Center and accepted funding for emergency coronaviruses. On April 8, Gov. Asa Hutchinson gave his State of the State speech as the house met at the Stevens Center and the State Capitol Senate. Three state legislators also tested coronavirus positive.

California

CASINOS: According to the hotel’s website, the opening of the new Cahuilla Casino Hotel in Anza which was originally scheduled for April 2 was postponed until further notice. Anza is situated in southern Riverside County, approximately 140 miles southeast of Los Angeles and approximately 75 miles northeast of San Diego; Southern California casinos have extended their operations until further notice or new dates are set in May.

Valley View Casino & Hotel, for example, has prolonged its closure, this week announcing on its website that it will remain closed until at least 7 May. It initially planned to reopen in April. On 14 March, tribal casinos had started closing across the state. The Riverside Press-Enterprise has an updated list of the casino closures in Southern California.

LEGISLATURE: Legislature stretched its recess until 4 May. It was initially adjourned until 13 April. Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an order for stay at home on March 19. It may have an impact on the tribes of the state who get enough signatures to place a sports betting bill on the November ballot. The tribe needs around one million valid signatures to get the referendum on the ballot and the state must validate the signatures. With California residents barred from public interaction, it could be difficult, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, to get the signatures needed for sports betting and other ballot initiatives.

To not have the initiative on the ballot might potentially lead to a better bill. Mobile sports betting is not permitted under the current law. On March 16, the legislature approved up to $1 billion to help combat the coronavirus epidemic, and then postponed the session until April 13, the Associated Press reports. It is the lawmaker’s first stop in 158 years, the AP reported.

Colorado

CASINOS: According to the Denver Post, more than 30 casinos in mountain towns in Colorado were barred by the State on March 16 for at least 30 days. It also closed pubs, restaurants, theatres and gyms. Colorado is moving on launching sports betting on May 1 and is still issuing licences. On April 3, Century Casinos, Inc. announced it had obtained approval for three Sports Betting Master Licenses in Colorado at the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission meeting on April 2.

Other types of licences include land-based sports betting, online sports betting, big vendor, and minor vendor. All applications submitted on April 2 were unanimously accepted by the LGCC as the state moves to be ready for the May 1 launch, according to Gaming spokesperson Division Suzi Karrer. The State has 33 casinos and, according to state law, every may apply for a master licence.

Casinos will partner with sportsbooks (be it for land-based or online operations). When voters approved Proposition DD in November, Colorado became only the second state to legalise sports betting with a ballot measure.

The LGCC next meets on April 16 and during that meeting, Karrer said regulators “would most likely discuss the issue of the May 1 start date.” Washington, D.C., this week postponed the introduction of a sports betting website due to coronavirus, claiming there are no sports in which to bet.

LEGISLATURE: According to the Colorado Sun, the legislature plans to resume its session on May 18 after having been adjourned for two months. The General Assembly was scheduled to close on May 6. The legislative session was adjourned on March 14. The legislature has a state budget to approve. According to the Denver Post, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled April 1, that state legislators will not have to meet during a declared public health emergency for 120 straight days.

Connecticut

CASINOS: State casinos closed March 16 as part of a three-state regional directive which included Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. Connecticut tribal casinos reopened the next day after talks with tribes. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont told NBC Connecticut about staying closed in negotiations with the casinos. According to ctpost.com, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was in Connecticut this week to see whether the Mohegan Sun resort could be used as hospital overflow space as possible.

LEGISLATURE: The assembly remains adjourned until 13 April.

Delaware

CASINOS: The casino of Delaware Park closed permanently beginning on March 16 and the two other racinos in the state, Dover Downs and Harrington, closed.

LEGISLATURE: Postponed the regular session until further notice. The decision was announced on 18 March by members of the House and Senate. He also said if required he could convene the session again to pass emergency legislation.

Florida

CASINOS: According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Florida’s Seminole Tribe closed its casinos on 20 March. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood; Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa; Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee; Seminole Casino Brighton; Seminole Casino Coconut Creek and Seminole Classic Casino Hollywood Calder Casino and The Casino in Gulfstream Park in South Florida are confirmed to have been voluntarily closed earlier.

LEGISLATURE: On March 12, the legislature overwhelmingly adopted a state budget of $93.2 billion and ended the legislative session for 2020. Lawmakers are likely to be forced to change the budget due to coronavirus before the fiscal year starts in July. The session concluded March 13 without legislation on sports betting and without a new settlement agreement with the Seminole Tribe, which had paid the state $350 million a year.

Georgia

CASINOS: Georgia is without a casino.

LEGISLATURE: According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia had two sports betting bills that failed to make significant progress before a legislative deadline expired. House Resolution 378 would have amended the constitution of the state to allow such forms of sports betting, but the bill never came to a full vote in Parliament. The amendment would have permitted both casino gambling and sports betting, including the pari-mutuels. Senate Bill 403 also dealt with sports betting, but it also failed to set the deadline of March 12, meaning sports betting in Georgia would have to wait until 2021. According to a statement from the legislature the General Assembly postponed its session indefinitely after March 13. The House and the Senate have said that they would convene again at a later date.

Hawaii

CASINOS: Hawaii is not home to casinos.

LEGISLATURE: Hawaiian lawmakers postponed the legislative session indefinitely on March 17, according to the Associated Press. The recess began on 18 March.

Idaho

CASINOS: The Worley Coeur d’Alene Casino reopened for a total of two weeks on March 20. Several Idaho casinos have stayed open and declared improved wellness programmes but others have been shut down temporarily.

LEGISLATURE: On 19 March the Senate ended its legislative session. According to the Associated Press, the house concluded its session March 20.

Illinois

CASINOS: The Illinois Gaming Board has announced that the 10 casinos of the State will remain closed by April 30 at least, extending the temporary order. Illinois made its first bet on sports March 9.

LEGISLATURE: The house went fully into recess. The senate has been adjourned until 28 April at least.

Indiana

CASINOS: According to the Indiana Gaming Commission, which revised the list of Approved Sports Wagering Events last Monday, Indiana added Belarus Extraleague hockey to the list of sports that Indiana sportsbooks can give wagers on. Professional hockey and soccer play and attract crowds in Belarus.

On April 9, the gaming commission added three new companies, according to a post on its website, to its “Sports Wagering Registrant” list — Game Lounge Limited, Horses Mouth Ltd., and Soccer United Marketing. A registrant is an person or organisation that provides products or services but is not considered a wagering service provider or a supplier.

The Indiana Gaming Commission reported on March 14 that the 13 state-regulated gaming facilities had to close March 16 “based on changing circumstances and in the interest of public health,” for at least two weeks. The state’s only tribal casino, Four Winds Casino in South Bend, is closed until further notice. Casinos in the state remain locked. According to a report in the Times of Northwest Indiana, many of the Indiana casino workers, particularly those in the northwest part of the state, are likely to be on furlough by the weekend.

LEGISLATURE: The session is over. A special session to review coronavirus legislation may be called.

Iowa

CASINOS: Gov. Kim Reynolds has extended her order that until at least the end of April the 19 commercial casinos of the state remain closed. The first casinos closed in mid-March, and the closure was extended twice. Scientific Games announced Tuesday that a 10-year extension of its deal with the Iowa Lottery for a proposed regional gaming network has been signed.

LEGISLATURE: The legislative session was adjourned until April. Originally expected to return April 15.

Kansas

CASINOS: The State had ordered the casinos to be closed until further notice.

LEGISLATURE: The state house was closed to the public — only legislators, workers, executive branch employees and lobbyists are allowed. The legislature continues to conduct committee meetings and even works on the state budget and any emergency measures, but remains in recess until April 27.

Kentucky

CASINOS: Kentucky is without casinos or sports betting. The state has been considering legislation to expand gambling beyond horse race betting, but this year that will not happen.

LEGISLATURE: The legislative session is mandated by state statute to end April 15, and legislators are expected to approve a two-year budget for the state. They are expected to return April 13. State lawmakers on April 1 passed a streamlined one-year budget that, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader, keeps government spending at current rates. This did not provide a new revenue source which could have been added to the sports betting regulations.

According to sources, the Senate unanimously adopted the budget, 34-0, before the House took it up and passed it 80-10. His signature now goes to Gov. Andy Beshear. Beshear is a supporter of introducing in-state gaming options, but is likely to have to wait until 2021.

Louisiana

CASINOS: The casinos are likely to be closed permanently with a Stay At Home order in effect until April. For at least two weeks, the State’s 20 casinos shut down March 17.

LEGISLATURE: The Legislature has indefinitely postponed legislative session. Louisiana was the first state to delay their primary presidential choice. Gov. John Bel Edwards extended the Stay-At-Home order for the state until 30 April.

Maine

CASINOS: The casinos are closed indefinitely after a “Stay Healthy at Home” order was declared by Gov. Janet Mills on 31 March. Penn National reported on March 16 that it would shutter the Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway in Bangor for two weeks starting on March 16. On March 16, Oxford Casino Hotel announced it had shut down operations for at least 14 days.

LEGISLATURE: Legislative session closed on 17 March. The governor could call back lawmakers for a special session. The governor vetoed a bill that would have allowed sports betting and in February, the House refused to overturn the veto after the Senate did.

Maryland

CASINOS: On March 15, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan shut down the six casinos, three horse racing tracks and off-track betting parlours on the state indefinitely. He released a Stay-At-Home order for state-residents on March 30.

LEGISLATURE: The General Assembly of Maryland concluded its legislative session on 18 March due to concerns regarding coronavirus but not before authorising a sports betting bill asking voters to allow sports betting in November.

The Senate voted to pass the bill on March 18, after a crucial amendment was introduced by the House the day before. If voters support the bill, the legislature will have to figure out how sports betting, tax rates and who gets licences will be put into effect. The electoral referendum is required by law in Maryland.

The legislative session was scheduled to conclude April 6 and this is assumed to be the first time since the Civil War that a session has been shortened.

Massachusetts

CASINOS: The Massachusetts Gaming Commission closed the three casinos indefinitely starting on March 15. According to sources, the commission said the decision was re-evaluated, and the closures were extended to at least May 4. It is the second extension of closures for the casino. Gov. Charlie Baker shut down non-essential undertakings until 4 May.

LEGISLATURE: The legislature is meeting and there is already a sports betting bill pending and it may be included in the state budget.

Michigan

CASINOS: Detroit’s three casinos-MGM Grand, Greektown, and MotorCity-closed on March 16. According to the Detroit News, the Greektown on March 30 opened 40 rooms free to Detroit police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians who are worried about going home and infecting family members with the coronavirus.

Legal sports betting began in Michigan on March 11, after first ceremonial wagers were made in the casinos of MGM Grand Detroit and Greektown. Four of the 23 tribal casinos in the state were also temporarily closed. This week the Gun Lake Casino in Wayland announced it would remain closed until further notice.

LEGISLATURE: The legislature returned April 7 and approved an extension of the state of emergency order by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer until April 30. During the session recommendations on safety and social distancing were followed. According to Mlive.com: “only lawmakers, the presiding officer and essential staff were present on the floor at any given time, and many wore face masks and gloves. In the House, lawmakers came in one at a time to take attendance.”

Whitmer extended the Michigan Stay Home, Stay Healthy order with new limitations Thursday to April 30. This includes a new travel ban between state-owned residents’ homes or to holiday rentals.

Minnesota

CASINOS: Many casinos in the State remain closed until further notice. According to TwinCities.com, the Grand Casino Mille Lacs, Grand Casino Hinckley, and Canterbury Park at Shakopee closed in mid March. Edge Casino Resort in Prairie briefly closed March 27.

LEGISLATURE: Legislation is on hold until April 14.

Mississippi

CASINOS: According to the Clarion Ledger, the Mississippi Gaming Commission ordered casinos to  close by midnight on March 16. The gaming commission closed the casinos until further notice and it will be checked regularly. As the most recent unemployment numbers came out, they included many of Mississippi Gulf Coast casinos’ 10,500 workers and 16,400 laid-offs throughout the state.

LEGISLATURE: According to the Ledger, has adjourned its legislative session indefinitely.

Missouri

CASINOS: On March 30 the Missouri Gaming Commission extended the closure of the state’s casinos until at least April 8.

LEGISLATURE: On March 24, the governor closed the buildings of the Senate and the State offices. According to the Missouri Times the General Assembly is on a legislative break. A State official has checked coronavirus positively. The Senate will come back on April 6. The house has been adjourned indefinitely, but is set to resume.

Montana

CASINOS: Casinos are closed permanently.

LEGISLATURE: There is no State legislature in session. It’s arranged committee meetings were postponed and allowed workers to work remotely.

Nebraska

CASINOS: The four tribal casinos remain open but they are taking extra precautions.

LEGISLATURE: The Nebraska Legislature is on an extended recess and the resumption of the session is undetermined.

Nevada

CASINOS: According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Boyd Gaming Corp., headquartered in Las Vegas, said that most of its 25,000 workers will be put on unpaid furlough beginning April 11 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Boyd runs almost 30 casinos in 10 states, including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Nevada.

On April 1 Gov. Steve Sisolak released an order for stay-at-home at least until April 30. According to the Review-Journal, it expands a prior mandated closing of schools, casinos and other non-essential businesses. The Nevada Gaming Control Board reported on March 25 that it has issued licenced book approval for offering bets on Counter-Strike — ESL Pro League Season 11: North America. It is a rare instance of a state legalising eSports betting in America.

LEGISLATURE: Lawmaking in Nevada is not in session. It occurs only in odd-numbered years.

New Hampshire

CASINOS: Gov. Chris Sununu released a residence order from 27 March to 4 May. The Directive did not explicitly address the eight casinos in the state.

LEGISLATURE: Legislative hearings is adjourned until 4 May. A House member has screened  for coronavirus has tested  positive.

 New Jersey

The State’s casinos were closed March 16, along with New York and Connecticut. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said at the time: “With all we are seeing in our state — and across our nation and around the world — the time for us to take our strongest, and most direct, actions to date to slow the spread of coronavirus is now. I’ve said many times over the past several days that, in our state, we are going to get through this as one New Jersey family.

“But if we’re all in this together, we must work with our neighbouring states to act together. The work against coronavirus isn’t just up to some of us, it’s up to all of us.”

He said gambling will continue at online casinos in New Jersey. The Atlantic City Press announced on March 27 that more than 16,000 casino employees from Atlantic City got temporary layoff notices, a move that will require the employees to apply for unemployment benefits.

LEGISLATURE: The Assembly is down forever. The assembly recessed until May 4, and the senate postponed to a date to be set.

New Mexico

CASINOS: Casinos statewide have closed for up to 30 days until at least mid-April.

LEGISLATURE: The legislative part-session is over.

New York

CASINOS: Casinos closed on March 16 as part of a three-state regional order that included Connecticut, New York and New Jersey, according to the New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who confirmed the regional action. Sports betting in New York rebounded with $99,514 in March, according to figures released by the New York State Gaming Commission. Despite being struck hardest by the coronavirus and not getting mobile sports betting, New York experienced a modest improvement in sports betting revenue from its February loss of $179,593.

LEGISLATURE: Visitors were locked to the capitol and its adjacent buildings. Three New York State Assembly representatives also tested coronavirus positive. According to news sources, Cuomo and the lawmakers reached a preliminary budget deal on April 1. Mobile sports betting is not included on the bill. Cuomo has been a vocal opponent of introducing state mobile sports betting, even as sports betting sales in the state hit new lows.

North Carolina

CASINOS: The two west North Carolina casinos,  Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in Cherokee and Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel in Murphy,  were closed for at least two weeks on March 18.

LEGISLATURE: Legislative session commences on 28 April. Meetings on the Committee were postponed until April.

North Dakota

CASINOS: Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise reportedly closed Dakota Magic Casino & Hotel, Dakota Sioux Casino & Hotel, and Dakota Link Casino for at least two weeks on March 22. Some of the State’s tribal casinos remain open.

LEGISLATURE: In odd-numbered years the legislative session meets.

Ohio

CASINOS: The State’s four casinos and seven racinos closed March 13 after Gov. Mike DeWine barred more than 100 people from mass gatherings.

LEGISLATURE: This week, the legislature is scheduled to meet (the senate was out until 27 March and the house was adjourned until 31 March). Legislation on sports betting is still on the agenda in Ohio but most likely in the fall. In the province, primary voting was extended until April 28.

Oklahoma

CASINOS: According to the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association, Oklahoma casinos were briefly suspended on March 23, and remain closed.

LEGISLATURE: Last week, according to The Oklahoman, the legislature returned to grant Gov. Kevin Stitt more authority to deal with the coronavirus pandemic under the state’s declaration of a health emergency.

Oregon

CASINOS: The Eastern Oregon Wildhorse Casino was the first to close 3rd of March following a positive check by an employee. It reopened by the end of the week and then closed again on 18 March. Statewide tribal casinos briefly closed.

LEGISLATURE: Can call a special session to discuss coronavirus and any key elements that the pandemic left unknown.

Pennsylvania

CASINOS: The state Gaming Control Board requested that all casinos in Pennsylvania be closed March 17. At least one-third of the State’s casinos had already closed before the announcement.

LEGISLATURE: Lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolfe have decided on 22 March to delay the primary state from 28 April to 2 June.

Rhode Island

CASINOS: The Rhode Island Lottery closed the two state-owned casinos, the Twin River Casino Hotel and the Tiverton Casino Hotel, for at least a week on March 14. The closure was indefinitely extended by the Lottery on March 27. According to a press release, The Twin River Casino in Lincoln acts as a drive-through test site for coronavirus.

LEGISLATURE: All legislative sessions shall at least be delayed until 10 April.

South Carolina

CASINOS: South Carolina is without casinos.

LEGISLATURE: According to The Report, the legislature returned April 8 to discuss emergency legislation and to adopt a resolution authorising it to function after the session ends May 14.

South Dakota

CASINOS: On March 23, deadwood mayor David Ruth Jr. ordered a partial closure of the 25 casinos there. All 465 commercial casinos in the US have been temporarily shut down with the closures in South Dakota.

LEGISLATURE: The session began in the legislature. A state rep has put COVID-19 to a positive test.

Tennessee

CASINOS: Tennessee has no casinos but sports betting is. It hasn’t started, but last week the Tennessee Lottery and the committee charged with setting rules seemed to be making progress on key issues.

LEGISLATURE: Congress recessed at least until June 1, on March 19.

Texas

CASINOS: The State’s tribal casinos officially closed.

LEGISLATURE: In 2020, was not in session. This meets in strange-numbered years.

Utah

CASINOS: Utah does not have a casinos. The State bans gambling.

LEGISLATURE: Legislative session closed on 13 March.

Vermont

CASINOS: Vermont is without casinos.

LEGISLATURE: The Senate will meet by telephone on March 24 and according to the report, the House will only hold a nominal session. Additional sessions can be postponed for the time being. It had introduced a sports betting bill.

Virginia

CASINOS: Virginia has no casinos – yet. Lawmakers passed legislation in earlier this month allowing sports betting and casino gambling.

LEGISLATURE: The legislative part-session is over.

Washington

CASINOS: The Governor shut down Washington’s restaurants, bars and leisure and recreation programmes. According to the Associated Press, several Indian tribes all over the state have temporarily closed their casinos. The Kalispel Tribe of Indians revealed this week that they are shutting their Northern Quest casino for two weeks in a suburb of Spokane. According to The Seattle Times, the tribes of the Suquamish, Puyallup, Tulalip, Muckleshoot, Lummi, Cowlitz, and Jamestown S’Klallam immediately shut down their casinos. The Yakama Nation also closed its Casino in Toppenish.

State directives are not binding upon the tribes. The tribal casinos finance several activities through tribal government, and have thousands of workers, the AP reported.

LEGISLATURE: Legislative session concluded on 13 March. The senate passed legislation to allow sports betting in tribal casinos earlier this month and on March 25 Gov. Jay Inslee signed the bill into law. By doing so, Washington became the twenty-first state with legal sports betting (plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico), and the first to sign law by 2020.

West Virginia

CASINOS: the Government has closed casinos in West Virginia.

LEGISLATURE: The legislative part-session is over.

Wisconsin

CASINOS: The Milwaukee-based Potawatomi Hotel & Casino discontinued operations on 17 March. Many state tribal casinos have closed too.

LEGISLATURE: Voters voted April 7 in Wisconsin’s presidential primary, despite legal challenges to the state and the U.S. Supreme Tribunals. Regardless of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Tony Evers had tried to delay primary until June 9.

Polling sites have been streamlined and updated to meet the key criteria for social distancing. Votes will not be reckoned until April 13 at least.

The assembly concluded its session when the last Senate convened on 24 March.

Wyoming

CASINOS: On March 16, the northern Arapaho Tribe closed its casinos indefinitely. The Eastern Shoshone Tribe closed their casino, too.

LEGISLATURE: The session of the legislative budget concluded on 12 March.

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