Governor J.B. Pritzker revealed new health boundaries and criteria that could force Illinois regions to implement restrictions to prevent a renewed spread of COVID-19. Illinois’ new plan aimed at guarding the state’s progress in the fight against Coronavirus, threatens to roll back reopening plans for regions that reach a certain set of metrics.
The new plan features three tiers of general and industry-specific mitigations that can be acted upon. It also features a restructuring of the health regions the state has been using since the state started its reopening plan. Those boundary changes include making Chicago its own region and suburban Cook County a separate region as well. In total, the state will shift from four regions to 11. See list below for updated regions.
For months the Support Main Street Illinois Coalition, representing the Illinois video gaming industry, has been fighting for Illinois small businesses to get video gaming up and running again.
They have sent the Governor letters on behalf of the more than 1,000 Support Main Street Illinois coalition members urging him to bring back video gaming at full capacity when bars and restaurants reopen. The Governor has listened to these concerns and video gaming is back.
We wanted to send another friendly reminder to continue enforce safety protocols as we head into the holiday weekend. This is the key to remaining open!
Our friends at the Illinois Restaurant Association weighed in on the matter. President and CEO Sam Toia created the video below as a reminder to establishments to continue to follow public health guidelines and to be safe in order to keep Illinois open and moving forward. As we see other cities and states around the country slow down or shut down their reopening plans, it is important now more than ever that you enforce wearing face masks, keep social distancing and follow occupancy rules.
We are excited to have the opening day behind us! We again wanted to share our thanks for all of the hard work that you, our establishment partners, have put in getting ready to reopen. Now we need to work even harder to make sure we stay open!
Across the board players returned to support you and as we look forward, we want to ensure that we are doing everything necessary to ensure our industry remains open. The Support Main Street Illinois Coalition has received reports from around the state, including from the Illinois Gaming Board, that an alarming number of Licensed Establishments are NOT following health protocols, most importantly, players are not wearing face masks.
With the reopening of gaming pushed to July 1, please be advised that your M3T kiosk will be unavailable for customer use of the ATM and bill breaker functions. Below you will find printable signs that can be placed on the M3T. Additionally, we have also provided a sign that can be placed on VGTs to prevent customers from using or touching the machines. The M3T and VGTs will be live for use Wednesday, July 1 at 9 AM.
We appreciate your cooperation and look forward to pushing machines live on Wednesday!
Click each sign below to download a printable PDF:
Please be advised that the Illinois Gaming Board has just released a statement announcing Wednesday, July 1 at 9 AM as the official reopening date for video gaming.
We appreciate everyone’s hard work in getting prepared for reopening. Unfortunately, the governor’s office just released an official statement, linked below, indicating the delayed date. While we are seriously disappointed by that decision, we can now state definitively that July 1 is THE day and we’re excited to get everyone up and running!
We look forward to to getting back in the game!
The party is back on!
Our company-wide partner promotion, $100,000 Prize Party, was cut midstream due to the COVID-19 shutdown. We are excited to announce it will resume on July 13 and run through August 12. We still have over $55,000 in cash prizes to award! If you were previously participating, your Account Manager will be providing you with updated posters as well as ensuring your entry tablet is back up and running. All entries made during the initial start of the promotion will be included toward the last two drawings.
Our marketing team will be providing updated social media graphics. Additionally, we will be running paid Facebook ads to advertise the updated promotion as well as sending out email blasts to entrants.
Visit our promotion website here.
Gaming will be live July 1 at 9 AM! What changes can you expect?
The health and safety of guests at our partner locations is IGS’ top priority! We have taken extra preventative measures with our location partners to ensure gaming rooms provide good, clean fun. Check out the list below of what you can expect when you visit an IGS gaming room.
We could not be more excited for you, our partners locations, to return to business and welcome gaming guests back! In anticipation for reopening and to crease awareness of gaming being live, below we have provided social media graphics for your use.
These graphics will keep your customers informed, communicate safety initiatives and generate excitement. We have provided two sets of graphics; one set of messaging for restaurants (9 total graphics available) and another set specifically to advertise gaming (12 total graphics available).
Keep it clean. Keep it safe.
Provide peace of mind to your guests by implementing essential cleaning and sanitizing efforts. See below for recommended protocols to prepare your establishment. Your Account Manager will be reviewing more in-depth with you this week.