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JACK Casino, MGM Northfield Park immediately return to 24/7 hours after statewide curfew lifted

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Posted at 4:15 PM, Feb 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-11 16:15:17-05

CLEVELAND — Not long after Gov. Mike DeWine announced that the statewide curfew had been lifted in Ohio, local casinos showed they were eager to get back to business as (almost) usual.

Roughly an hour after the announcement of the lifted curfew, JACK Entertainment announced it would resume its 24-hour operations effective immediately.

JACK Casino in Downtown Cleveland and JACK Thistledown Racino in North Randall will both be open 24 hours now that the curfew has been lifted.

“We are enthusiastic to once again offer non-stop gaming entertainment and excited that it coincides with the opening of 3,000 square-feet of brand new gaming space at JACK Thistledown Racino, as well as our continued offerings of the newest slots and live table games at JACK Cleveland Casino,” Mark Dunkeson, Chief Executive Officer of JACK Entertainment, said in a press release.

MGM Northfield Park also announced shortly after the news of the lifted curfew broke that it would be resuming 24-hours of operation effectively immediately.

“We’re excited to expand our hours of operation and welcome more of our team members back to work,” David Tsai, President of the Midwest Group, MGM Resorts, said in a statement.

All of the establishments made it clear they will continue to follow health and safety protocols as they reopen to their usual hours.

The statewide curfew, which expired Thursday and was not extended, had previously been in effect from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. and was later modified to begin at 11 p.m. The curfew was ultimately lifted after the state saw seven consecutive days of hospitalizations under 2,500.

While the curfew is lifted and businesses are returning to their normal hours of operations, DeWine said that the curfew can be reinstated by the Ohio Department of Health if hospitalizations or cases rise in the future.