Coronavirus Scare Forces Vegas to Shutdown for 30 Days

Mar 24

With the number of infected people in the US rising to unprecedented numbers and the staggering death toll affecting the country, it is not surprising for governments across the country to instigate close down measures. In Nevada, Governor Steve Sosilak has announced the closure of all casinos in Las Vegas as a measure to help stop the spread of the virus.

The lockdown measures are to last for an entire month or until further notice. This order includes not only casinos and other gaming outlets in the area but also all other businesses in the state. This will include entertainment outlets, bars, stores, and other similar establishments. Restaurants will also be closed during this period as more than 200 thousand people worldwide are now infected with Covid-19 and more than 8 thousand casualties have been tallied across the globe from this pandemic.

The decision was not an easy one to make as stated by the governor since the lifeblood of the state is, after all, the entertainment capital of the world, which is found within its borders. Not only will the state lose revenues from the influx of visitors coming to the world’s biggest gambling destination, but it will also see thousands of workers unemployed during this time.

Some casinos furloughed their employees to stave off losses from the shutdown while others have their people on standby but still with salaries being paid. All establishments considered non-essential, such as gyms, shopping malls, and the like, are to be closed until the end of the month. The only places you will see open during this time are those that are considered essential, and these include grocery stores, hospitals, and a few government offices.