Southland Casino closes over coronavirus concerns

Mar 17, 2020

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Two more Arkansas casinos are closing temporarily because of concerns about the coronavirus.

Southland Casino Racing, a West Memphis dog track, and Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluff announced they were temporarily closing their facilities.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover.

Southland’s closure took effect late Monday night and Saracen says its closure will be effective noon Tuesday.

Oaklawn, a horse track in Hot Springs, announced Sunday it was closing its casino after holding its races without spectators on site. Health officials say Arkansas has had 22 coronavirus cases.