Smoking returns to Pennsylvania casinos after year of ban

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Customers of Pennsylvania casinos are once again permitted to smoke in designated areas of the gambling hall.

In Pennsylvania, most indoor smokers are banned in state business establishments due to legislation passed in 2008. But, a big exception to this rule where smoking is permitted are casinos, where facilities may designate smoking areas for up to 50 percent of the games. floor.

Pennsylvania casinos began reopening after the state’s COVID-19 shutdown on June 9, 2020, when the smoking ban was put in place by the leadership of the Gaming Control Board as a result of the tenure. of Governor Tom Wolf’s office mask, according to Doug Harbach, communications director of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

The ban was lifted late last month. Thus, smokers no longer have to get up from the slot machine to find a designated outdoor area for smoking.

The Hollywood Casino at Penn National Racecourse in East Hanover Township reports that smoking is now permitted on less than 40% of its playing space in certain slots areas, but not at table games.

Meadows in Washington, Pennsylvania; Presque Isle Downs & Casino in Erie; Harrah’s Philadelphia; Mount Airy Casino Resort in Mount Pocono; Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia; Live! Pittsburgh Casino; Mohegan Sun Pocono in Wilkes-Barre; River Casino Pittsburgh and Rivers Casino Philadelphia have all confirmed that they have designated smoking areas.

Casinos have come a long way since May 2020, when all state casinos were closed during the state shutdown due to COVID-19. Pennsylvania casinos grossed $ 413,182,161 in May 2021.

As the casino industry begins to rebound, PennLive will be releasing a guide to casinos later this month to inform readers of the restaurants, poker rooms and entertainment venues that have reopened at the 14 casinos in Pennsylvania, as well as ‘other information on each establishment.

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