State gaming officials extend casino shutdown another week

The Missouri Gaming Commission announced Monday that it will extend the forced closure of the state’s casinos another week to comply with state health officials’ guidance on social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Previously, state officials ordered Missouri’s 13 casinos to close from March 17 through Monday. The gaming commission’s latest order will keep casinos closed through April 6.

Missouri’s casinos employed about 8,600 people and paid more than $314 million in wages during the 2019 fiscal year, according to the gaming commission’s annual report.

The state stands to lose up to $1 million per day in revenue as a result of the closure, Missouri Gaming Commission Chairman Mike Leara told the Associated Press at the time of the initial announcement.

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