Covid-19 has now spread to nearly 20,000 people in the United States. As more states see their infection rates increase, more regulations are being placed on the casino industry. This week, Carolyn Goodman, the Las Vegas mayor, began asking for the city’s casinos to reopen.
Goodman claims that the city is already hurting due to these closures. Today, we’re going to give an update on the situation and discuss when we may see the casinos in Las Vegas open to the public again.
Let’s get into it!
More States Set Regulations Due to Coronavirus
Covid-19 isn’t slowing down. In fact, infection rates continue to surge in a huge number of countries around the world. It’s an unprecedented situation that even the world’s top scientists are having a difficult time understanding.
There are still many questions surrounding this virus. No one seems to understand all of the different ways that it’s able to spread. Many are also unsure of whether or not individuals are able to become infected after already catching the virus.
What we do know, is that it has an extremely unique ability to spread from person to person. Because of this, Covid-19 has quickly spread around the world. Some nations, such as Italy and Iran, saw their infection rates increase rapidly with no signs of slowing down.
Nearly 20,000 individuals in the United States have now tested positive for the new coronavirus. It’s likely that many more are actually infected. Now, many states have begun closing down their casino industries.
This includes Las Vegas. In this city, all casinos have been forced to close by Governor Sisolak. The city’s mayor now wants this to end.
Las Vegas Mayor Asks for Casinos to Reopen to the Public
It’s not a surprise to see the mayor of Las Vegas pushing to see casinos in the city opened back up. Las Vegas relies heavily on its gambling industry. With the casinos now closed down, tourism in the city is at an all-time low, as well.
Carolyn Goodman, the Las Vegas Mayor who took office in 2011, is now asking for these gambling venues to be opened back up. She gave this opinion during a planned speech to the Las Vegas City Council.
“Our economy depends on tourism and being open for dining, entertainment, gaming, sports,” she said, “I know we, they, cannot survive any total shutdown of the economy … beyond the immediate week or two.”
Goodman is calling for Governor Sisolak to change the state’s regulations. She argues that Las Vegas may not be able to survive if so many venues are shut down. Sisolak responded to Goodman and it seems he has no plans of opening the state’s casinos anytime soon.
“Your life and the life of your neighbors and family members will always be more valuable to me than the perceived and mistaken economic gain we have by cutting this isolation period short or by waiting one more day to get serious,” Sisolak said. “I am not asking them anymore. I am telling them they must close their doors or they will face the consequences.”
We’ll need to see how the Las Vegas mayor responds to this comment. At this point, most can only wait and see how the government deals with this new pandemic.
Las Vegas City Attorney Will Not Prosecute Businesses Breaking the Law
Under the new regulations by Governor Sisolak, most of the businesses in Las Vegas are being forced to close down. This includes all of the major casino-resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. The closing of these properties is likely costing these casino companies millions of dollars already.
Interestingly, the City Attorney in Las Vegas claims he will not enforce these regulations.
“At this point in time, there is nothing I believe, as the city’s attorney, that we can enforce,” Brad Jerbic said. “We are not going to criminally or civilly charge anyone.”
It seems that Jerbic understands how difficult these regulations are for businesses to operate. Of course, this directly goes against what the Governor is asking. Other government bodies, such as Code Enforcement Employees, may still report these businesses breaking the regulations set in place.
We’ll need to wait and see how the city manages to cope with these new regulations. Hopefully, venues here are able to safely open to the public sometime in the near future.
Do you agree with the Las Vegas mayor? When will casinos be able to open up? Let us know in the comments section below.