Illinois Casinos To Reopen July 1 Following New Legislation

Illinois-wide casinos will be permitted to reopen from 1 July, following new legislation implemented by Governor J. B. Pritzker.

Gov. Pritzker announced that regions across the state had met the defined health thresholds that would enable the state to step into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois programme, encouraging more businesses to reopen.

When Pritzker signed an executive order earlier this month, it briefly lifted limitations on bettors who had to register in person to be able to bet online.

Players are now allowed to temporarily register online or via a smartphone device, as long as the state’s Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamations remain in place, the order said, this will continue.

Casinos will be permitted to operate at a capacity of 50 percent, while poker rooms must remain closed until further action is relaxed. The online game terminals will also resume from 1 July, after both have been halted due to the global pandemic since 16 March.

Illinois Gaming Board administrator Marcus Fruchter said: “The Gaming Board worked with the Governor’s Office, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) to develop a gaming resumption process that protects the public health of patrons and employees, while restarting gaming activities in meaningful way.

“The video and casino gaming industry have worked cooperatively and professionally with the IGB to develop best practices that create the safest possible environment for gaming, while adhering to IDPH, DCEO, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.

“We appreciate their cooperation and work toward the mutual goal of a resumption that protects the safety and integrity of Illinois gaming.”