CHICAGO — For the first time in four months, the Illinois Gaming Board met — virtually — Thursday to strategize on how to reopen the state’s casinos safely, and soon.
Board members voted on resolutions and applications all while casino gambling remains on hold.
“The timing and conditions for resumption of gaming are unknown at this time, and will be based upon public health guidance and metrics and will proceed within governor Pritzker’s restore Illinois plan,” an IGB member said.
It’s estimated the earliest Illinois casinos could reopen would be at the end of the month when Illinois enters Phase 4 of the governor’s coronavirus reopening plan.
The gaming board already released a list of requirements for reopening. Each facility will need to outline a plan to keep people safe, including social distancing and cleaning measures, distribution of personal protective equipment and daily health screenings. Buffets, poker rooms and table game tournaments will not be allowed.
It’s estimated Illinois casinos lost more than $100 million in the first month of being shut down.
Across the state line, Indiana casinos are set to reopen at 6 a.m. Monday.