Economic Shutdown Grows, Chinese Virus Closes Vegas Casinos

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 17: The marquee and sign at an entrance at MGM Grand & Hotel & Casino display messages after the Las Vegas Strip resort was closed as the coronavirus continues to spread across the United States on March 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. MGM Resorts International suspended operations at all of its Las Vegas properties until further notice to combat the spread of the virus. The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic on March 11th. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Steve Sisolak the Governor of Nevada has announced the closure of all nonessential businesses for thirty days in the state of Nevada; this includes all the casinos in Las Vegas.

In media remarks given at the State Office Building in downtown Las Vegas, Governor Sisolak said “The closures were happening immediately to further stop the spread of COVID-19, especially in developments showing the increased rate of secondary infection….It is our responsibility, our duty to each other and the most vulnerable Nevadans to each take our role in stopping the spread seriously and stay home for Nevada.”

He then went on to say the most effective order was to ask all Nevadans to stay home and close all nonessential businesses to the public for thirty days.

The closure order does not apply to essential services such as police, fire departments, groceries, hospitals, and pharmacies.

The closures include casinos, hotels, clubs, restaurants, pubs, bars, move theaters, salons, and other related businesses.

“Restaurants, pubs, wineries, should not allow any dine in options until further notice- delivery, take-out only. Find a way to service through those ways or shut your doors as of noon tomorrow,” commented Sisolak.

The closures for nonessential businesses are effective as of noon. All gaming operations, including casinos will be fully closed by midnight tonight.