Illinois video gambling could return in phase 4

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Video gambling machines across the state could be back online once the state moves into Phase 4 of Gov. JB Pritzker’s 5-stage Restore Illinois plan, according to Sen. Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford).

Players will have to stay six feet apart and wear masks to be compliant with the new health and safety guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic; machines must be sanitized often.

Stadelman says businesses will have to get creative to meet spacing guidelines.

“I’m sure each place has different space requirements and they probably have different ways to meet these requirements,” Stadelman said. “So, it’s probably an individual case-by-case basis as far as how they’re going to have to deal with these guidelines.”

The Illinois Gaming Board, which has final say on when the machines will turn back on, has not given the green light yet.

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