Mohegan Sun Pocono in Luzerne County, Mount Airy Casino Resort in Monroe County and four other casinos that were open as of Monday are now closed in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board instructed the six casinos that remained open in the state to begin closing procedures so that all gaming activities and entry to patrons be concluded by 6 a.m. today.
Mohegan Sun Pocono in Plains Twp. closed at 8 p.m. Monday, Tony Carlucci, president and general manager of the facility, said in a statement.
All activities are canceled, including live racing, casino promotions and events, he said.
“The wellness of our guests and team members is our top priority,” Carlucci said. “While there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at the property, Mohegan Sun Pocono is temporarily closing at the direction of the governor’s office in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among large groups in the state of Pennsylvania.”
While the casino is temporarily closed, Carlucci said, “We will be taking the opportunity to further deep clean our property.”
During this temporary closure, there will 24/7 security presence at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Carlucci said.
Mohegan Sun Pocono will continue to stay connected with state and federal health officials to monitor the evolving situation to provide guests and team members with updates about its anticipated reopening timeline. Guests can continue to monitor mohegansunpocono.com/updates for developments.
Officials from Mount Airy, in Paradise Twp., did not immediately return requests for comment.
Denise Allabaugh is a business writer for The Citizens’ Voice. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org, 570-821-2115 or @CVAllabaugh on Twitter.