The Ruby’s gambling establishments in Illinois are now eligible for a federal loan after all.

As I mentioned in a column about St. Louis area companies that were frustrated by their experience with the government’s Paycheck Protection Program, Ruby’s was barred from the first round of PPP loans because more than half of its revenue comes from gambling.

The Small Business Administration changed that rule last week, declaring that “a business that is otherwise eligible for a PPP Loan is not rendered ineligible due to its receipt of legal gaming revenues.”

Keith Rentschler, a Ruby’s co-owner, said his business should qualify under the revised rule. The 20 Ruby’s cafes serve drinks, snacks and simple meals, but video gambling machines are their main draw.

Rentschler also said US Bank has fixed a glitch that prevented him from submitting an application for the first round of PPP funding. Ruby’s has three co-owners, and the bank’s online form only had space to list two owners.

The Illinois Gaming Board has ordered the suspension of all Video Gaming Operations at all licensed video gaming establishments.

Right now, the shutdown is scheduled to last until April 30th, but the situation remains fluid. The IGB will continue to monitor and will advise us of any changes should they occur.

In the meantime, please be safe. We will keep you informed as new information comes in.

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