Three state casinos including MGM Springfield to temporarily close

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BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has voted to temporarily suspend operations at the state’s three casino properties due to the coronavirus outbreak.

MGM Resorts International, the parent company, announced Saturday morning that in conjunction with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, MGM Springfield will be temporarily closed.

According to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission Director Elaine Driscoll, casino properties include Encore Boston Harbor, MGM Springfield and Plainridge Park Casino. Driscoll said the vote was unanimous and the decision was made in collaboration with their licensees to keep guests and employees safe and healthy.

Driscoll said the commission will remain closed with public health authorities and government officials to determine safe protocols for resuming operation. The decision is scheduled to be re-assessment in two weeks.

The gaming floor is expected to close to guests at 5:59 a.m. on March 15.

MGM Resorts International has released the following statement regarding the temporary close of MGM Springfield:

“In coordination with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, MGM Springfield will temporarily close for the wellbeing of everyone in the community. We sincerely regret the impact this will have on our employees, their families, and the community, but their health and safety is our number one concern.”

MGM Chief Operating Officer and President Bill Hornbuckle

At the conclusion of the 15-day hiatus, MGM Resorts and the Massachusetts Gaming Commission will re-evaluate the situation.

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