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Gaming Commission Orders Indiana Casinos To Close For Two Weeks

Justin Hicks
IPB News

The Indiana Gaming Commission ordered the state’s casinos to close, effective Monday morning at 6 a.m.

That’s in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The closure begins Monday and runs for at least two weeks, though Gov. Eric Holcomb urged people last Thursday to halt gatherings of more than 250 people. It applies to all gaming and horse-racing operations, which includes off-track betting sites.

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The commission’s order does not apply to the Four Winds Casino in South Bend, which is operated by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. That casino says it will close its buffet, eliminate live entertainment and reduce seats at slots, table games and bars.

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This is a rapidly evolving story, and we are working hard to bring you the most up-to-date information. However, we recommend checking the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Indiana State Department of Health for the most recent numbers of COVID-19 cases.

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.