Massachusetts casino closures extended until May 18 Colin A. Young, State House News Service · May 1, 2020 at 4:21 pm BOSTON — Gaming regulators voted Friday to prolong their mandated shutdown of the state’s slots parlor and casinos until at least May 18 in line with Gov. Charlie Baker’s latest order, and announced plans for an internal group to focus in-depth on issues around re-opening casinos. Without debate or discussion, the Gaming Commission made quick work of its short agenda for Friday morning’s conference call meeting, voting 5-0 to parallel the governor’s extension of his order that non-essential businesses be shut down and mass gatherings be banned. Commissioners who chimed in agreed that keeping their forced shutdown in place for at least the duration of the governor’s order was appropriate.