March 16, 2020
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Casinos in Bangor and Oxford close for 2 weeks amid coronavirus outbreak

Caitlin Rogers | BDN
Caitlin Rogers | BDN
The Hollywood Casino, Hotel, and Raceway in Bangor.

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The company that owns Hollywood Casino, Hotel and Raceway in Bangor said Monday that the Bangor facility will suspend operations for a period of two weeks.

Pennsylvania-based Penn National Gaming will close the casino, restaurant and hotel beginning at 6 p.m. Monday, following the recommendation of the Maine Department of Public Safety and the Maine Gambling Control Board.

The casino, which employs 325 people, will continue to pay wages and benefits for its employees, and will donate remaining perishable food items in its kitchens to the Good Shepherd Food Bank.

“The health and well-being of our guests and team members will always be our paramount concern,” said Jay Snowden, President and CEO of Penn National Gaming.

Oxford Casino in Oxford County has also suspended operations for two weeks. The Oxford Casino, owned by Kentucky-based Churchill Downs Inc., closed at noon Monday.

 


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