Coronavirus impact: Massachusetts Gaming Commission extends shutdown of 3 casinos Peter Goonan, MassLive · March 26, 2020 at 3:36 am The Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Wednesday voted to extend the shutdown of the state’s three casinos to April 7 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The unanimous vote extends the existing two-week shutdown, originally set to end March 29, by nine days, bringing it in line with the ordered shutdown of non-essential businesses in Massachusetts by Gov. Charlie Baker. The casino shutdown is until noon on April 7, but will be evaluated prior to that date, the commission ruled. MGM Springfield, Plainridge Park and Encore Boston Harbor all closed on March 15 for at least two weeks, as directed by the Gaming Commission, to help protect the public from the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.