Cuomo Gives Update on Long Island Casinos

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Long Island News Post Published on August 31st 2020, Written by Nick P.

NY Governor Cuomo made an announcement that implied that casinos on Long Island may be able to reopen soon. Local casinos, which have been closed since mid-March, are overdue to reopen from the Coronavirus Pandemic.

“We will have an announcement next week,” Cuomo said Sunday during a conference call with reporters. “It is going to be positive news.”

Cuomo Gives Update on Long Island Casinos

After hearing Cuomo's comments, many New Yorkers assume that Casinos will be reopening sooner rather than later. Meanwhile, casino owners and operators have been outraged at the Governor, citing that other 6 other New York Casinos operated by Oneida and Seneca nations opened for business in June.

In addition, Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods in Connecticut also opened in June. Atlantic City casinos began opening in July.

Casino operators are citing concerns that people thousands of jobs may be lost if they are not able to resume operations soon. Governor Cuomo says that he understands their frustration but casinos are non essential business, comparing them to theaters and indoor dining establishments. He said that these businesses can serve as vectors for transmission of COVID-19.

The Governor attempted to empathise with casino operators by releasing a statement “I understand their point, I understand their economic reality, I understand the feeling that you see other places opening up but you still can’t go back to work,” Cuomo said Sunday.

Casino operators will have to wait for an update from the Governor to be notified of when they will be able to reopen and resume operations when he gives his announcement later this week. After hinting that he would likely be giving positive news, people are expecting a reopening date from the Governor sooner rather than later.


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Long Island News Post Published August 31st, 2020

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