Mississippi Gulf Coast casinos closed until further notice over COVID-19 pandemic

BILOXI, Miss. (WXXV) — All casinos in Mississippi have closed due to the ongoing public health crisis created by the coronavirus.

The Mississippi Gaming Commission has ordered the casinos to remain closed until further notice in order to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

The Gaming Commission says the duration of the closure will be evaluated on a daily basis.

Only essential personnel can be present in the casinos, like security guards.

The Gaming Commission has the authority to order the casinos closed, but the individual operators can choose to keep the hotel and other amenities open.

On Monday evening, the IP Casino Biloxi said in a press release, “This closure will impact all public operations, including the casino, hotel, restaurants, spa, and meeting and entertainment venues.”

Additionally, the Palace Casino says their hotel will remain open at this time and guests will have access to limited food service.

The Mississippi Gulf Coast is home to 12 casinos in Harrison and Hancock counties.

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