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Hogan orders all Md. casinos, gaming facilities to close

ANNAPOLIS — Anyone looking to place a bet or play a slot machine in Maryland doesn’t have long to do so.

Gov. Larry Hogan Sunday announced an executive order temporarily shutting down gaming in the state indefinitely in response to COVID-19. The order affects all six casinos in the state as well as all horse race tracks, off track betting and simulcast facilities.

The order goes into effect at midnight Monday.

“It is critical to public health and safety that bars, restaurants, and other businesses across the state comply with the law,” said Hogan in a statement. “Anyone who hosts or is part of the crowds in bars this weekend is jeopardizing the health of others and must avoid any contact with family members or friends over the age of 60 or those with underlying health conditions.”

As of Sunday morning, the state has confirmed 31 cases of the virus.

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