State-owned casinos in Kansas closed until further notice
Published: Mar. 17, 2020 at 9:55 AM CDT
UPDATE: March 28, 2020 The Kansas Lottery Commission announced Saturday that state-owned casinos will remain closed "until further notice". Originally, those casinos were set to re-open at the end of March. In a press release, the Lottery Commission said, "The health and safety of casino guests and employees continues to be of the utmost importance. The Lottery understands the impact this decision has on players and employees, but the State is dedicated to doing its part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Kansas communities." **UPDATE: The Kansas Star Casino announced its closure on Tuesday, but the Hampton Inn & Suites, the hotel connected to the casino says it is still open for business. Hotel staffers say they are happy to take care of all guests lodging in their facility. All other public operations, including the casino, restaurants, meeting space and arena, are closed. ---- State-owned casinos in Kansas are shutting down to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The Kansas Lottery announced Tuesday that, after consulting with the Kansas Governor’s Office and the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission, they have suspended all state-owned casino gaming starting at the end of business on March 17. Those facilities will remain closed until at least March 30. The Kansas Star Casino says it will close as of Wednesday at 5:00 a.m. and the closure will impact all public operations, including the casino, restaurants, meeting space and arena. Customers with reservations or events scheduled at Kansas Star during the closure period should call (316) 719-5000 for information and assistance. The decision was made following Governor Laura Kelly’s executive order to ban gatherings of more than 50 people pursuant to CDC recommendations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The four casinos in Kansas with state-owned gaming are the Hollywood Casino in Kansas City, Kansas Crossing in Pittsburg, Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, and Boot Hill Casino in Dodge City. The health and safety of casino guests and employees is of the utmost importance. The Lottery understands the impact this decision will have on both players and employees, but the State must be dedicated to doing its part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Kansas communities. The Kansas Lottery and casino managers say they will actively monitor the COVID-19 situation and will continue complying with government recommendations for operational procedures.