This week Pennsylvania casinos were forced to close due to an order put out by Governor Tom Wolf, who is making the move out of concern for growing Covid-19 cases in the state.
Under the terms of the order, all casinos will be forced to close by December 12th at 12:01am and will be forced to remain shuttered through at least 8am on January 4th, 2021. There are currently 12 casinos in the state, but Rivers Casino Philadelphia has already been closed since November 20th due to an order put in place by the city.
Explaining his decision Governor Wolf said, "With these measures in place, we hope to accomplish three goals: Stop the devastating spread of Covid-19 in the commonwealth, keep our hospitals and healthcare workers from becoming overwhelmed, and help Pennsylvanians get through the holiday season - and closer to a widely available vaccine - as safely as possible."
The United States has been ravaged by Covid-19 over the past few months, with numbers in different states raging. As of December 11th, more than 293,000 people have died from the disease in the USA, with nearly 3,000 dying alone yesterday.