Consumers in Illinois will once again have to register in person for online sports betting accounts, after Governor J.B. Pritzker failed to extend a an executive order relaxing the requirement.
Last month, Pritzker signed Executive Order 2020-41, which relaxed rules that require players in Illinois to register in-person in order to access online sports betting services.
In-person registration had not been possible since the state’s casinos were forced to temporarily close in mid-March due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
However, casinos were permitted to reopen from July 1, in line with a host of measures to help slow the spread of Covid-19, including operating at 50% capacity.
The Executive Order had been due to last for as long as the state’s Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamations were in effect. The fifth and most recent Proclamations, also designed to support the state during the pandemic, ended yesterday (July 26).