BOSTON (AP) — The three casinos in Massachusetts are keeping occupancy well below the state-mandated 25% capacity limit imposed last month to help control the spread of the coronavirus, officials said at Thursday's state gambling commission meeting.

Occupancy is at about 19%, said Bruce Band, assistant director of the Gaming Agents Division of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, according to

MGM Springfield’s biggest crowd in recent weeks was 22% of its capacity for a new car drawing on Dec. 26.

Plainridge Park in Plainville reached a high of 19% on Dec. 26 and Jan 8. Encore Boston Harbor in Everett hit 19% on New Year’s Day and was at 17% the rest of the time, Band said.

“This time of year tends to be a little slower time of year, anyway,” Band said.

The 25% capacity limit, which includes employees, will remain in place until at least Jan. 24.

All three casinos closed in March at the start of the pandemic and were allowed to reopen in July with restrictions.

Commissioners also heard Thursday that there have been 147 confirmed COVID-19 cases among casino employees since they reopened, and they all reported contracting the virus at home, said Loretta Lillios, director of the Investigations and Enforcement Bureau.