Massachusetts casinos forced to continue COVID-19 restrictions
By Bob Garcia
New policies implemented on December 26 will stay in place for another two weeks
Having patience is going to help casino operators in Michigan survive the COVID-19 ordeal. The state saw plenty of issues last year because of the global pandemic and each time it seemed like the air might be clearing up, a new black cloud moved in. The latest cloud arrived on December 26 when Governor Charlie Baker announced that occupancy restrictions at casinos, restaurants, bars and other establishments would have to remain in place a little longer, and that cloud just grew bigger. The 25% occupancy limit has been extended for another two weeks.
New spikes and outbreaks of the coronavirus in the state have forced the governor to take action. Based on today’s updated information, there have been 4,906 new cases for a total of 422,474 in the state since the pandemic began. Of those, 90.975 are still active. The percentage of the state’s possibility with positive results is around 7.45% but, with the quickness with which the virus can be spread, limiting gatherings and high-traffic situations is the only solution.
An official statement by the Governor’s office states, “[The] Commonwealth has experienced continuing declines in available hospital capacity, including more than a 50 percent reduction since Thanksgiving, and now faces significant constraint on acute care hospital capacity across the Commonwealth.” As a result, Governor Baker has exercised his authority “over assemblages in order to protect the health and safety of persons” and has extended the existing COVID-19 restrictions until January 24.