In a notice from the Governors office, Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Casino will close temporarily to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribal Nation have reached an agreement with the state of Connecticut to close the casino and resort properties for two weeks as of 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 17.

The closure is an unprecedented move as Mohegan Sun, which opened in 1996, and Foxwoods, opened since 1992 have never closed their doors to guest.

Here's what Mashantucket Pequot Chairman Rodney Butler said in a statement:

This is a humbling reflection on the ongoing public health crisis and it is the right decision. Our concern is for health and safety of the community and of the public. The coronavirus is a threat to each and every one of us, and we believe shutting our doors will keep our visitors, employees and the public more safe.

Meanwhile James Gessner, Chairman of the Mohegan Tribe had this to say:

Connecticut and our respective tribes have worked collaboratively for decades and this moment in our history is no different. This is a decision that was made to ensure all of our guests, team members, and our partners across Connecticut, especially in our local communities, remain safe. We are successful if the state is successful, and that’s true in all facets, like public health.

In a written statement Governor Lamont praised the decision of both tribes.

This is an important cooperative agreement between sovereign nations and the State of Connecticut. We all share the same goal toward ensuring our residents are safe and keeping public health at the top of our minds during this public health emergency. I applaud the tribes for their collaboration and partnership.

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