Two South Florida casinos, Calder Casino and The Casino at Gulfstream Park, are closing voluntarily as the CDC counsels against gatherings of 50 or more and the novel coronavirus pandemic keeps hitting South Florida.
As of Monday afternoon’s released figures, there are 23 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Miami-Dade and 38 confirmed cases in Broward.
Calder Casino didn’t open Monday and will be closed until March 30. Gulfstream’s casino will close at 10 p.m. Monday night and remain closed until further notice.
Magic City Casino said via email it would close at 11 p.m. Monday and take things day-by-day.
The ponies ran at Gulfstream without fans last week and will continue to run. Fans can bet on the 1ST BET and Xpressbet apps.
The Village at Gulfstream Park also will be open, although individual stores will decide whether or not to open.
Richard Sukhu, president and general manager of Calder Casino, said Calder has had no reported COVID-19 cases, but this is a move toward the safety of employees, guests “and for the protection of our community.”
Also, Sukhu’s statement said normal pay for all employees, full and part time, will continue during the two-week suspension. Calder’s dark for horse racing during this time of year.
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