February 15, 2021 Sports Betting, Casino, Land-Based

New York Gov. Cuomo extends casino hours


New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed an executive order allowing indoor businesses including casinos to extend hours of operation from 10 to 11 p.m.

The change went into effect on Feb. 14.

New York casinos had been operating under a 10 p.m. curfew in accordance with the state’s efforts to reduce Covid-19 cases.

“Hospitalizations and the positivity rate continue to decline, and with the holiday surge now in our rear-view mirror, we must keep taking steps to further re-open the economy safely and responsibly,” Cuomo said. “Accordingly, I have already signed an Executive Order to move the closing times for restaurants and bars to 11 p.m. statewide, and now we will do the same for gyms and fitness centers, casinos, billiards halls and any other location with an SLA license. As we move forward, we will continue to follow the science and data and take these kinds of steps to help us finally return to normal.” 

Following Cuomo’s announcement, del Lago Resort & Casino in Waterloo said it will now be open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

New York’s four commercial retail sportsbooks could benefit the most from the extended hour. In January they combined for $3.57m in gross gaming revenue, with three sportsbooks breaking monthly revenue records.

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