After the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania has declined in the past 3 weeks, the temporary restrictions introduced by Governor Tom Wolf in early December will expire. As a result, Hollywood Casino and Meadows Casino and Racetrack will reopen to visitors next week on Monday.
Temporary COVID-19 shutdown ends on Monday
Pennsylvania residents will be able to enjoy casino gambling again in Dauphin County and Washington County from next week on Monday. Three-week COVID-19 interim shutdown which Governor Tom Wolf introduced on December 12 for casinos, gyms, bars and other entertainment companies, it will expire. Earlier this week the governor revealed that in the light the recent downward trend in positive COVID-19 cases, forced temporary closure will be lifted.
Therefore on Wednesday Penn National Gaming revealed that at least two of its casinos will re-open at 8am on Jan. 4. These are Hollywood Casino on Penn National Race Course in Dauphin County and Meadows Casino and Racetrack in Washington County.
In a statement, senior vice president of Public Affairs and Government Relations, Eric Schippers , he said that after applying some of the "most stringent COVID mitigation measures", the venues will be happy to welcome back guests and team members alike. Moreover, Schippers said, that the inhabitants Pennsylvan who like casino games will be safer to visit their premises instead of going to " out-of-state casinos or patronize illegal slot machine locations where there is no COVID security control or monitoring".
Not all businesses are ready to reopen
In addition to social distancing and sanitation protocols, indoor entertainment venues, which may reopen on January 4, they will need to run below the 50% capacity limit. While Penn's Dauphin County and Washington County are poised to reopen, this may not apply to other entertainment venues.
One such place is Susquehanna Art Museum in Harrisburg. Speaking for Penn Live the executive director of the museum Alice Anne Schwabrevealed that the place did not decide when it would be reopened for visitors.
According to her, although the museum can offer " natural social distance "With its 18,500 square feet, place "does not jump after reopening on January 4". Ms Schwab added that the museum might consider reopening later in January, but if it is done, it will be carefully planned and considered with key museum staff and volunteers.