At the moment, all non-essential businesses in Nevada are completely shut down. Many people in cities like Las Vegas have begun demanding an update on when things will return to normal. Today, Governor Sisolak spoke to the media about lifting Nevada’s restrictions.
There’s a lot that goes into a move like this. Health officials have warned that doing so may make things worse than they already are. Today, we’re going to discuss what to expect here over the next few weeks.
Let’s get into it!
Nevada’s Casinos Have Been Closed Down for Weeks
In February, much of the United States was still relatively unaware of the new coronavirus spreading around the world. Many knew it was present in Asia and Europe yet it hadn’t begun to seriously affect the United States. Within just a couple of weeks, things completely changed.
By mid-March, this new virus had started spreading in many different states. It was clear to health officials that the coronavirus had a unique ability to spread. Certain areas of the country began seeing huge surges in infection rates.
Eventually, leaders in Nevada made a drastic announcement. Governor Sisolak ordered all non-essential businesses, including casinos, closed to the public. This was extremely devastating to certain cities like Las Vegas, which rely heavily on tourism and gambling revenue.
It was quickly apparent how serious this decision was. Nevada’s revenue began to plummet. A huge number of individuals around the state began to file for unemployment. The mayor of Las Vegas began asking for non-essential businesses to be given permission to open.
Unfortunately, the state remains shut down. Many casino companies here are losing millions of dollars every single day. This week, Governor Sisolak finally offered an update on when things may begin going back to normal.
Sisolak Talks to Media About Lifting Nevada’s Restrictions
Nearly everyone in Nevada realizes that things cannot stay the way they are. Many people are suffering and the GDP here is dropping quickly. Lifting Nevada’s restrictions isn’t easy, though. The virus can spread quickly if many businesses begin to open back up.
Sisolak spoke about this situation to the media this week. The Governor claims he’s seeking the expert’s advice on when things can go back to normal. At the moment, he says it’s too early to completely lift the state’s restrictions.
“I cannot end the shutdown until I feel confident that we’re in a good position as it relates to the spread of the virus,” he said. “Some people are more concerned with the business side of this than the human toll that this virus is taking. The human toll is the most important to me. I am listening, and I will repeat this as many times as you’d like me to, to medical experts, to my scientific experts, and determining what is in the best interest of this community.”
Governor Sisolak has dismissed the Las Vegas Mayor’s claims that these restrictions are “total insanity.” He points to states dealing with extremely high death rates as an example of what’s possible. Based on his comments, it does not appear that any casino-resorts will begin opening in this state anytime soon.
The truth is that no one knows when things will begin returning to normal. Even the top government officials in the US are unsure of how to approach lifting restrictions.
Sisolak gave a shimmer of hope to those looking forward to normality. The Governor claims he’s working on a state plan to reopen and will begin implementing these measures as soon as possible.
How Are Las Vegas Sports Leagues Being Affected?
The land-based casino industry in the US is one of the worst-affected industries right now. The coronavirus has forced all of the country’s casinos to close down and this has caused a massive drop in revenue. No one can say when all of the country’s casinos can open back up.
As many are aware of, sports leagues are being seriously affected too. Every professional league in the country has been forced to shut down. This includes the MLB, NHL, NBA, and UFC.
Dana White, the president of the UFC, is one of the few league officials that has been pushing to start holding events as soon as possible. He very nearly held a show this weekend. Now, it appears this date is being pushed back to May 9th.
The Las Vegas Golden Knights have been sitting on the sidelines. No one can really say when games will start taking place again. It seems likely that once the season resumes, it will be done behind closed doors.
Lifting Nevada’s restrictions may take several weeks. If things don’t improve, it could even take months. We’re likely to hear more about the dispute between the Las Vegas Mayor and Governor Sisolak as time goes on.
Stay tuned for more Las Vegas casino news!