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Either potential casino patrons will not arrive due to safety fears, or they will show up and spread infections, the governor predicted. “It’s too early right now,” he said about the casinos' plan to reopen on June 1.
With the first phase of Connecticut’s three-phased approach to reopening achieved today, Gov. Ned Lamont and his administration are turning their attention to June 20, when a host of other businesses and services – including hotels, gyms, movie theaters, and some indoor dining at restaurants – are expected to become available.
The state deferred the required payment of 25% of slot revenues to the general fund.
Senior Vice President of Resort Operations Jason Guyot will serve as interim CEO as a search for John James' permanent replacement gets underway.
The governor said that, according to Office of Policy and Management Secretary Melissa McCaw, the state has withstood about $450 million in coronavirus-related expenses. "Connecticut right now is doing better than a lot of other states," Lamont said, noting the strength of its rainy day fund.
"This was an attempted power play by the tribes to use the pandemic to bypass the legislature not only to gain approval for online gambling but to gain the exclusive right to offer it in Connecticut,” wrote Hwang and former Rep. Robert Steele.
Fairfield County recorded another 10 deaths since yesterday, bringing its total to 96. The county has 3,050 confirmed coronavirus cases, and has recorded 189 deaths.
Approximately 1,033 patients have been hospitalized, and statewide fatalities now stand at 165, with Fairfield County accounting for 86 of those deaths.
Gov. Ned Lamont announced an agreement with some 65 credit unions and banks in Connecticut to offer mortgage relief to the state’s residents and businesses who continue to face hardship caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Gov. Ned Lamont said that the state has received "another small delivery" of PPE from the federal government, including 146,000 surgical masks, as well as a promised 50 ventilators, which "we haven't seen yet."
Both casinos have installed more hand sanitizers and increased their disinfection efforts.
Uncertainty over just how much demand there is for more casino gambling in the region was cited as a factor in the decision.
Mohegan Sun paid the state's general fund $10 million and Foxwoods paid $8.3 million in January.
MGM Resorts vowed to "pursue all legal options" to gain a place in Connecticut's gaming industry.