The new coronavirus has affected every single state in the country. Nevada hasn’t seen nearly as many cases as some other areas, yet the effect on the economy here has been devastating. This week, Governor Steve Sisolak announced he plans to extend Nevada’s current restrictions.
This isn’t going to sit well with Carolyn Goodman, the Mayor of Las Vegas. She’s repeatedly called for the city to open back up. Today, we’re going to look at what Sisolak has planned for the future of Nevada.
Nevada’s Gambling Revenue Dropped Significantly Last Month
Nevada, and Las Vegas specifically, is the gambling hub of the United States. The gambling industry here helps to bring the state an incredible amount of money every single month. Unfortunately, this revenue has begun to plummet over the past few weeks.
Back in March, Governor Sisolak announced that all non-essential businesses in the state must close their doors. This includes casinos, which are now shut down throughout the state. This has obviously led to a significant drop in tourism.
Most analysts predicted that revenue figures for the month of March would be low. The Nevada Gaming Control Board has just released a report that shows how bad things really are. According to these reports, gaming revenue here dropped by 39.6%.
That’s obviously a significant drop. In fact, Nevada’s revenue last month was the lowest it’s been since 1998. The interesting thing is that casinos in the state were open for some of the month. Revenue earned in April is likely to be the lowest in history.
For obvious reasons, there are a huge number of people now asking for restrictions in the state to be lifted. This includes Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman. You can see a brief video of Goodman speaking about the situation with Anderson Cooper below.
Sisolak Plans to Extend Nevada’s Current Restrictions
The entire country is in uncharted water right now. No one can really say how to best approach the spread of this new coronavirus. Most parts of the country are choosing to implement social distancing measures that help to prevent infection spread.
Nevada hasn’t experienced the same infection surges that some parts of the country have. That’s partly due to the restrictions set in place by the Governor. These restrictions are taking a toll on the state economy, yet they’re clearly helping to reduce infections.
Sisolak spoke with ABC News this week about the plans for the future. The Governor claims he expects most of Nevada’s current restrictions to be extended for at least a few more weeks. A few of these measures will be lifted, though.
“We’re calling it Nevada United Road Map to Recovery. We’re going to ease some of the restrictions that we had previously as it relates to retail curbside pickup. Some of our outdoor activities we’re going to loosen up what some of the restrictions are. Unfortunately we’re going to have to extend the stay at home order a little bit. We just have not reached exactly where we want to get in the downward trajectory.”
Nevada’s situation is different than almost any others. It’s still not clear how exactly the state’s tourism industry can begin operating again. As more people begin visiting and playing inside casinos, the chances of infection surges increases.
That isn’t stopping casinos from making preparations.
Las Vegas Casinos Are Preparing to Open Next Month
Many industries around the United States are hurting right now. One that’s being hit particularly hard is the land-based casino industry. All casinos around the US are now closed down and are unlikely to open up anytime soon.
This is devastating to Las Vegas casinos. Some of the companies that operate these gambling venues are losing millions of dollars every single day. Some of them are now gearing up to open their doors next month.
Recently, news broke that Treasure Island Hotel & Casino plans to accept guests starting on May 15th. Several others expect to open up in early June. With the news that Nevada’s current restrictions are being extended, these plans could change.
Some of these casinos are now making preparations for the future. News is coming out that many venues will have thermal cameras set in place to locate those with fevers. EMTs will also be present in some casinos to care for those suspected of having Covid-19.
Perhaps the worst part of this situation is that no one knows when things will return to normal. Scientists are still learning about this new virus and a vaccine may be more than a year away. Hope is that Nevada finds a way to balance public safety with an open economy.
Nevada’s current restrictions are here to stay for a little bit longer. Stay tuned for more Las Vegas casino news over the next few weeks!