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Tioga Downs again closes hotel, awaits state guidance on reopening casinos

By Eric Reinhardt (


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NICHOLS, N.Y. — Tioga Downs Casino Resort has decided to close its hotel again, as it awaits guidance from the state on the safe reopening of casinos and movie theaters.

Tioga Downs Casino Resort originally reopened its hotel on June 26 in anticipation that the casino would be allowed to reopen in phase 4 of New York’s regional economic reopening process. That didn’t happen.

With Gov. Andrew Cuomo indicating that “it will be some time” before non-Native American-operated casinos are allowed to reopen in New York state, Tioga Downs Casino Resort said it decided to halt hotel operations “until there is a better understanding of when [it] can also reopen the casino.”

Tioga Downs also notes that even though the hotel is closed to the public, customers can still dine at its PJ Clarke’s restaurant — both outdoors on the patio or inside with socially distant seating on Fridays and Saturdays from 3-10 p.m., as well as on Sundays from 12-6 p.m., with limited menus.

Entertainment will also be provided on the PJ Clarke’s patio on Saturdays from 6-9 p.m., Tioga Downs said.

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