More Las Vegas poker rooms could close soon
By Bob Garcia
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak is contemplating new health restrictions in the Silver State as COVID-19 cases continue to trend up. While no specifics have been provided regarding a full casino shutdown or a partial one, Sisolak is weighing all possibilities.
“My administration is exploring all mitigation options available to get this under control,” said Sisolak. “We will have to wait and see what happens next week.”
Sisolak notes that attempting to protect Nevada’s fragile economy is like “walking a tightrope to balance public health and economic impacts.”
On November 10th, Sisolak asked Nevadans to remain at home as much as possible in an effort to get a handle on the new wave of COVID-19. But he didn’t take the drastic step of shutting down casinos.
A look at how other states are grappling with the pandemic could hint at what approach Sisolak might take:
• In Illinois, commercial casinos begin closing their doors today, with no targeted reopening date scheduled.
• In Michigan, tribal and commercial casinos were ordered to close as of Wednesday.
• In New Mexico, tribal casinos began closing their doors on Monday.
• In Atlantic City, casinos remain open, but restaurants have been ordered to refrain from serving food between 9pm and 5am. That includes restaurants located in Atlantic City’s nine casinos.
• In Pennsylvania, some properties have closed, including Rivers Casino Philadelphia. The property plans to reopen on January 1st, but that date could be pushed further out.
• In Massachusetts, hours have been cut at all three commercial casinos.