Video Gaming Operations Will Close Tonight (Monday, Mar. 16)
The Illinois Gaming Board on Monday ordered the cessation of all video gaming operations through March 30 in the wake of the growing coronavirus outbreak.
According to the Chicago Tribune, beginning at 9 p.m. Monday, the suspension will shut down about 36,000 slot and poker machines at nearly 7,300 licensed bars, restaurants, truck stops and fraternal organizations across the state.
Many of those video gaming terminals will not be accessible after Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s order on Sunday that all bars and restaurants in the state close to dine-in customers by the end of the business day Monday.
The decision to halt video gaming operations follows an order Friday from the gaming board to close all of the state’s 10 casinos for 14 days beginning Monday.