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Massachusetts extends 3 casino closures to May 4

Updated April 3, 2020 - 2:08 pm

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Friday voted unanimously to extend the temporary closure of the state’s three casinos to May 4.

Las Vegas-based Wynn Resorts Ltd. and MGM Resorts International each operate casinos in the Bay State, Wynn’s Encore Boston Harbor in Everett and MGM Springfield in western Massachusetts.

A third casino, the Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville, is operated by Penn National Gaming.

The state’s casinos initially were closed March 14 through an order by Gov. Charlie Baker through April 7. On Friday, the five-member commission extended closures to noon on May 4.

All Massachusetts gaming operations, including live harness racing that was due to begin Monday, have been shut down. Racing is now scheduled to begin June 1.

Commissioners indicated they would continue to review and assess the public health conditions in cooperation with health authorities and the licensees and make a determination as to the status of operations in advance of May 4.

MGM has more than 2,300 employees in Springfield and Encore Boston Harbor has 4,400.

Contact Richard N. Velotta at rvelotta@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3893. Follow @RickVelotta on Twitter.

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