Governor Hogan shutters all Maryland casinos

Days after citizens began protesting on social media regarding the unfair treatment of how businesses of all kinds across the state were forced to close their establishments and/or cancel events with more than 250 people anticipated to be in attendance due to the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, while the state’s six casinos were allowed to continue to operate without a hitch; Governor Larry Hogan decided to issue an emergency order closing their doors as well.

Days ago, Hogan declared a State of Emergency that shuttered any establishment that exceeded this limits, but never turned his attention to the state’s money makers, at least until after this reporter’s Facebook observation led to a larger conversation on the Baltimore City Voters page, which led to dozens of people contacting the Governor’s Office in regards to this atrocity. Maryland’s casinos, which bring in millions of dollars a day for the state, along with racetracks and simulcast betting facilities have all affected by this latest order. “This situation continues to evolve and will escalate rapidly and dramatically,” said Governor Hogan. “These are unprecedented actions in an extraordinary situation, but they could be the difference in saving lives and keeping people safe.”

The following properties are affected by the governor’s emergency order, which takes effect at midnight on Monday, March 16, 2020 and will remain in effect until the state of emergency has been terminated or until superseded by other orders:

  • MGM National Harbor
  • Live! Casino & Hotel
  • Horseshoe Casino Baltimore
  • Hollywood Casino Perryville
  • Ocean Downs Casino
  • Rocky Gap Casino Resort
  • Laurel Park
  • Pimlico Race Course
  • Timonium Race Course
  • Fair Hill Races
  • Rosecroft Raceway
  • Ocean Downs
  • All simulcast betting facilities in the state

The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency will work with casinos to facilitate an orderly shutdown of operations. This order does not apply to hotels adjacent to casinos

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