Cuomo: NY casinos are nonessential, remain closed Robert Harding, Auburn Pub · July 31, 2020 at 3:43 pm For four New York commercial casinos in the midst of a 4 1/2-month shutdown due to COVID-19, Gov. Andrew Cuomo didn’t deliver good news on Thursday. During a call with reporters, Cuomo explained the state’s decision to keep the four facilities — del Lago Resort & Casino in Seneca County, Resorts World Catskills, Rivers Casino in Schenectady and Tioga Downs Casino Resort — closed. There has been no timetable for the casinos to reopen. “It’s an issue of density, the likelihood of compliance and the essential nature of the business,” Cuomo said. Cuomo ordered casinos to close on March 16 as the number of COVID-19 cases soared in New York. Before the shutdown, casinos implemented policies — capacity limits and reducing the number of slot machines and table games — but it wasn’t enough.