Kansas, Missouri suspending casino gaming to prevent coronavirus spread

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TOPEKA, Kan. — The Kansas Lottery and the Missouri Gaming Commission are suspending all state-owned casino gaming at the end of the business day Tuesday.

The suspension will last until at least March 30, 2020.

“The decision was made following Governor Laura Kelly’s executive order to ban gatherings of more than 50 people pursuant to CDC recommendations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Kansas Lottery said in a news release.

Missouri’s announcement came through a tweet by Gov. Mike Parson shortly after the announcement from Kansas.

On the Kansas side, the suspension affects Hollywood Casino in Kansas City, Kansas Crossing in Pittsburg, Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, and Boot Hill Casino in Dodge City.

On the Missouri side, it affects the Isle of Capri, Ameristar, Harrah’s in North Kansas City and Argosy in Riverside.

“The health and safety of casino guests and employees is of the utmost importance,” the Kansas Lottery said in the news releases. “The Lottery understands the impact this decision will have on both players and employees, but the State must be dedicated to doing its part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Kansas communities.”

A spokesperson for the Kansas Lottery said they along with casino managers will actively monitor the COVID-19 situation and will continue complying with government recommendations for operational procedures.

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