The sports and sports betting landscape around the world and in the Keystone State are still adjusting to a spate of cancelations, delays, and cautions.
One casino has closed in Pennsylvania so far on Gov. Tom Wolf‘s orders in an effort to help contain the coronavirus.
*Update: All PA land-based casinos were ordered to close by March 17 by the PGCB.
Rapidly evolving situation with coronavirus precautions
Gov. Wolf spoke in a press conference on Thursday, urging the cancellation of events involving large gatherings. He also singled out Montgomery County, which has been hit the hardest by the virus.
“No mass gatherings should be held, including conferences and rallies. By closing these facilities, we can control the spread of this disease, that’s the hope. And we can redirect our public safety and health officials to where they are needed the most.”
At about the same time as President Donald Trump spoke on Friday, Gov. Wolf announced all PA schools from K-12 would close until March 16.
Trump takes federal action against the virus
Additional changes are likely as Trump declared a national state of emergency Friday.
He invoked a federal law allowing his administration to aid state and local governments, Bloomberg News reported Friday.
The move makes available more than $42 billion through the Disaster Relief Fund. Trump asked all hospitals to move to emergency status and removed many rules from how they operate.
The president also thanked the sporting world for responsibly mitigating against the spread of the virus by canceling and postponing events.
Changes are pervasive due to virus
Most flights to Europe are cut.
The NBA’s season is on hold, with some players who have tested positive and others in self-isolation due to exposure. The Sixers are on hiatus with the rest of the league.
The PGA is suspended. March Madness will not happen. The NHL is halted, including the Flyers and the Penguins.
Baseball’s opening day is pushed back to mid-May. The MLS and some European soccer are at a standstill and NASCAR is idling.
Valley Forge is the only closed casino for now
Valley Forge Casino closed its doors Friday morning, in compliance with a directive from the governor.
The property is in King of Prussia in Montgomery County, which Wolf referred to as the “epicenter” for the COVID-19 outbreak within the state.
Schools in that county shut down, at least for two weeks. As a result, more than 60 Philadelphia schools, with a high percentage of parents employed in Montgomery County, have also closed.
Valley Forge offers online betting options through FanDuel Sportsbook and FanDuel Casino, which remain open for business.
Online betting options still available
Online wagering remains an entertainment option for those living in states with regulated mobile gaming. PA betting apps offer casino games and sports betting on the limited remaining sporting events being played.
PokerStars PA the only PGCB-regulated online poker option in the state for now.
DraftKing’s note read:
This situation is fluid, so we are actively developing a status page where you can find the latest news on game and contest cancellations and schedule changes, with the goal of providing a one-stop destination for the answers to questions you may have. We will email our customer community as soon as this page is live and we will continue to update it with new information.
It will take time to sort this all out, obviously, but uncertainty is what remains certain.
Editor’s note: This is a rapidly evolving situation. We will continue to provide updates here.