A days ago, I wrote an article about the MGM and Wynn properties closing in Las Vegas. At the time, it was only a temporary 2-week closure but I received a few messages from readers concerned about their plans to visit Las Vegas during the next month. Well, it appears that no one will be visiting the Las Vegas hotels for the next 30 days.
Last night, Governor Steve Sisolak announced an unprecedented order on nonessential Nevada businesses that will shut down 440 licensed casinos, bringing Nevada’s dominant industry to a complete halt and leaving tens of thousands of workers in differing degrees of economic uncertainty.
Vegas Casinos Closing
Things continue to change at a rapid pace when it comes to the Coronavirus epidemic. As you might expect, Las Vegas will be among the hardest hit places in this country given its huge reliance on the tourism industry. While some casino operators had held hope they could remain open, everything will be closing.
As I mentioned before, many operators including MGM and Wynn announced proactively that they would close their casinos, however many Downtown casinos and Caesars properties on the Strip had planned to stay open. Now it seems their hand is being forced.
Many Businesses to Close
According to the Nevada Independent:
In addition to casinos, non-essential businesses that will be affected by the closure include restaurants, bars, gyms, salons and malls, though restaurants will still provide takeout and delivery service, but no in-restaurant dining will be allowed. Essential businesses, including grocery stores, will be allowed to remain open.
MESSAGE FROM THE CEO
This morning the CEO released a message that says, “we look forward to welcoming you again soon.”
This is the world we live in right now.
Unfortunately, this puts may livelihoods at risk but I am glad local government is forcing all casinos and other public spaces shut down. The sooner we get this under control the sooner we can fix the damage done and try to rebuild.
While I know many people including myself have taken this seriously, many have not and I would hate to see death as a result of someone “needing” to gamble.
Vegas (and the world) probably won’t be the same for awhile.
What do you think of the Governor’s decision?