Pennsylvania Casino Closures Due to Coronavirus Fears

Out of Pennsylvania’s twelve casinos, four have so far decided to close temporarily over coronavirus concerns. These announcements from the casinos come after Gov. Wolf’s declaration that gatherings of 250 persons or more should be suspended within the state of Pennsylvania.

Richard McGarvey, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board spokesman, had this to say:

“As the situation changes and as the governor and the Health Department come out with ‘Here’s what needs to be happening,’ the casinos so far I think have been open to that and doing those requirements,”


Pennsylvania Casinos That Are Closing Due to the Coronavirus

Harrah’s Philadelphia in Delaware County

Harrah’s Philadelphia has released a statement saying that in accordance with Governor Tom Wolf’s order to close public facilities, Harrah’s Philadelphia will voluntarily close its doors effective 6AM March 14th.

Valley Forge Casino in Montgomery County

Boyd Gaming, which operates Valley Forge Casino, announced that it too will be following the recommendation by Gov. Wolf to close its doors until Friday, March 27th.

Rivers Casino Philadelphia

Rivers Casino Philadelphia announced March 13th that they would be closing their doors beginning on the 15th for fourteen days. The statement from the casino states that management is in careful guidance of the CDC along with state and public health officials and that their advice led them to make the decision to shutter their doors.

Rivers Casino Pittsburgh

The decision to close the Pittsburgh casino was also made by the Rivers Group, which operates the Philadelphia location as well. The closure of the Pittsburgh location will also be for fourteen days.

Online Casinos Operating in Pennsylvania

If you are interested in placing bets with the best online casinos or wagering with online sportsbooks in Pennsylvania, then you have some options.

There are the eight online casinos operators available in PA:

  • BetRivers
  • PlaySugarHouse
  • Hollywood
  • FanDuel
  • Unibet
  • Parx
  • PokerStars
  • BetAmerica

Online Sportsbooks Available in Pennsylvania

There are eight sportsbooks active in PA. Check out our reviews on them to find the right one for you!

  • DraftKings
  • FanDuel
  • BetRivers
  • SugarHouse
  • Fox Bet
  • Unibet
  • Parx
  • BetAmerica

For information on how to open an account with these online casinos or sportsbooks check out our Pennsylvania betting page. There you will find all the information you need on finding the best sportsbooks and online casinos available to you.

Pennsylvania Casino Closures FAQ

How many Pennsylvania casinos are closing?

So far only four casinos have announced closures in PA, but that may increase.

When will the PA casinos open again?

Most of the casinos have stated that this is a 14-day closure but it is likely to continue if the crisis continues.

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