California is home to one of the largest casino industries in the country. Unfortunately, all of the gambling venues here are closed down due to the spread of the new coronavirus. Interestingly, the Pechanga Casino claims that it will reopen its doors to the public on June 1st.
That’s certainly a bold statement. California has been one of the slowest states to begin reopening. Many feel state leaders will end up shutting down this casino’s plans. Today, we’re going to discuss what exactly the owners of this gaming venue expect to happen over the next few weeks.
Let’s get into it!
California’s Casino Industry Remains Shut Down
As we just mentioned, California has one of the largest and most successful casino industries in the country. All of the state’s gaming venues are operated by Native American tribes. No commercial casinos are currently allowed to operate here.
California’s casinos bring the state a huge amount of revenue every year. These venues also employ thousands of individuals. Many of the leaders in California recognize how important these casinos are for the state’s economy.
In March, Governor Newson announced that all non-essential businesses in the state would be forced to close their doors. Obviously, this included casinos. It’s been nearly two months since these measures were set in place, and all of the casinos in this state remain closed down.
As time goes on, more individuals are starting to call for California’s economy to open back up. It won’t be easy to reopen casinos, though. Even states like Nevada, which are known to rely on their gambling industry, are having an extremely difficult time finding ways to safely reopen gambling venues to the public.
Some of the casinos in California seem to be taking things into their own hands. Despite the regulations, one major casino plans on opening its doors early next month. Here’s what we know about this situation.
Pechanga Casino Plans to Reopen on June 1st
There are many world-class gambling venues based in California. It’s been incredibly difficult for many of these casinos to remain closed. Some of the most powerful tribal leaders in the state have begun discussing real plans to resume operations.
The Pechanga Casino is one of the top gaming venues in California. For weeks, the owners of this casino have looked at ways to safely allow guests in. This includes ways to maintain social distancing.
This week, the owners announced that they plan on opening the casino on June 1st. This date has not been officially set in stone, though. They are still waiting to hear more about California’s reopening plans over the next few days. Casino officials released a statement on this situation to the media this week.
“With Gov. (Gavin) Newsom and local officials poised to relax some of the statewide and local stay-at-home orders and other measures in the days and weeks ahead, we are very happy to inform you that tribal leadership has set a target reopening time frame of June 1. The actual date will be confirmed in the days ahead,” the post said. “Guests will also very likely be required to wear face coverings.”
Non-invasive temperature checks will be required for all guests. Casino officials also announced that concerts and other events will not take place anytime soon.
The Pechanga Casino is now accepting hotel guests starting on June 1st. We’ll need to wait and see how Governor Newsom responds to this announcement. It will also be interesting to see how other casinos respond.
What’s Happening in Las Vegas Right Now?
California is taking a serious hit due to the casino shutdowns. No state is taking quite as big of a hit as Nevada, though. Cities like Las Vegas are losing millions of dollars every single day as a result of its casinos being shut down.
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak has been extremely cautious in allowing casinos to reopen. He understands that doing so poses a serious public health risk. He also recognizes that keeping these casinos closed down could end up permanently affecting the state.
Not long ago, Nevada’s Gaming Commission decided to approve a set of guidelines to reopen casinos. This was a huge moment for all of the casino companies in this state. If these gambling venues manage to abide by the regulations, they will likely be able to reopen in the next few weeks.
Some have concerns that tourism may not recover for months. Even if casinos reopen, many are likely to have concerns over safety and may not be willing to visit a crowded venue. In reality, though, no one really knows how the city will look over the next few months.
As infection rates begin to drop, parts of the country are starting to open back up. It’s clear that Nevada’s leaders are anxious to get Las Vegas back up and running. Based on what’s being said, some of California’s casinos will start operating soon, as well.
Are you excited to hear that the Pechanga Casino is opening back up? When do you expect casinos in Las Vegas to reopen? Let us know in the comments section below!