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COVID-19 Gaming Information

Under the Restore Illinois framework for Phase 5, all business types, large-scale events, conventions, amusement parks, seated spectator events, among others, are allowed to operate at full capacity since the COVID-19 pandemic. The State's progress in reaching the Phase 5 stage of reopening also allows the outdoor mask requirement to be lifted in accordance with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance. In Phase 5, industry and activity-specific guidelines for operation provided by DCEO are discontinued. All businesses and activities previously subject to DCEO guidelines are allowed to resume normal operations.
DCEO and IDPH are recommending key steps business owners and venues should follow to promote COVID-19 safety going forward. Read the recommended Phase 5 guidance. For more information on guidelines published in previous phases in the State's reopening framework and track numerous public health metrics, visit the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) .

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The Illinois Gaming Board is the state regulatory and law enforcement agency that regulates all aspects of casino gambling, video gaming and sports wagering in Illinois. The Gaming Board is responsible for ensuring the safety and integrity of Illinois gaming. The five-member advisory board is appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. The Administrator directs the Gaming Board's daily operations and activities. Through the Administrator and civilian and sworn agency staff, the Gaming Board administers and enforces regulatory, licensing, oversight, and tax collection systems.
Illinois was the second state in the nation to legalize riverboat gambling with passage of the Riverboat Gambling Act in February 1990. In September 1991, the first riverboat casino opened in Alton. Today, there are eleven licensed casinos operating throughout Illinois. The Video Gaming Act was enacted in July 2009, authorizing the placement of Video Gaming Terminals (VGTs) in licensed Retail Establishments, Truck Stops, and Veteran and Fraternal Establishments. The VGTs are all connected to and monitored by a Central Communications System. Today, more than 8,000 licensed video gaming locations operate over 43,000 VGTs across the State – comprising the largest video gaming network of its kind in the world. The Illinois Gambling Act was enacted on June 28, 2019. Among other major changes to Illinois gaming law, the Act legalized sports wagering (online and in retail locations) and significantly expanded casino gambling and video gaming across the State.

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