Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison, casinos across the country close due to coronavirus

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MADISON, Wis. — Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison is temporarily closing, as casinos across the country stop operations in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison’s casino will close at 7:00 a.m. Tuesday, according to the casino’s Municipal Relations Coordinator Missy Tracy. It will remain closed at least until 7 a.m. on April 1.

The company’s Wisconsin Dells branch announced it will be closing Wednesday night.

Casino leadership met Monday to discuss the latest information released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. They are also working state and federal authorities on the best practices to stop the spread of COVID-19.

“Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison determined the best course of action to protect our employees and guests, as well as our DeJope (Madison) community was to temporarily close,” sDaniel Brown, Executive Manager, Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison said in a news release.

During its closure, Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison plans to disinfect and do a deep clean of the entire casino.

“We are committed to the safety and health of our employees and guests.  Maintaining a clean and sanitary environment for healthful continuity within our facility for our guests and employees is among our highest priorities,” Brown stated.

“We feel we are being proactive and vigilant through crisis management with implementing these types of prevention measures.”

In Milwaukee, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino announced it was suspending operations due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“At this time, the health and safety of our guests and the 2,700 team members at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino is the top priority,” the property’s general manager Rodney Ferguson said to our news partners in Milwaukee at WTMJ.

Several companies, including MGM Resorts International and Wynn Resorts will close their properties in Las Vegas on March 17 to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

MGM is stopping casino operations on Monday followed by hotel operations Tuesday. It will not accept new reservations before May 1, according to CNN.

MGM Resorts operates a number of Las Vegas properties, including the Bellagio, the MGM Grand and The Mirage.

“It is now apparent that this is a public health crisis that requires major collective action if we are to slow its progression,” said Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts, in a statement to CNN.

Wynn Resorts plans to close Wynn Las Vegas and Encore for at least two weeks beginning Tuesday, according to CNN. Company executives will assess the situation at that time period.