COLUMBUS—State Rep. Jessica E. Miranda (D-Forest Park) announced today that 150 jobs around the state will be saved after working with Gov. DeWine to lift a health order that kept poker tables closed despite Ohio’s casinos being open. Rep. Miranda was originally notified about a pending mass layoff of poker dealers, including at Hard Rock Cincinnati, due to state health orders by a constituent in House District 28 in February.
“When Ohio’s casinos proved they could safely reopen while taking the proper COVID-19 safety protocols, there was no logical reason for poker tables to remain closed,” said Rep. Miranda. “I’m thankful a constituent brought this to my attention as many jobs and livelihoods around the state were on the line for no good reason. I’m proud to have advocated for lifting this closure to the Governor, and I applaud his decision to act.”
The health order was lifted before March 12, which was when the layoffs were set to take effect for the Hard Rock poker table dealers. Rep. Miranda was able to confirm this week that the Hard Rock Cincinnati poker dealers were back to work.