Nevada’s casinos enjoyed a strong June, but the return of COVID-19 could be a problem
By Bob Garcia
June brought more than $1 billion in revenue, but new health restrictions cause concern
It has now been the fourth consecutive month in which Nevada casinos have grossed more than $1 billion combined. While June’s results look good, it remains to be seen if the trend will continue this month. Face masks are now mandatory once again as a measure to reduce the spread of a new variant of COVID-19.
State regulators reported yesterday that June was an excellent month and, in fact, nearly broke the all-time record set the previous month. However, this does not mean that the guard can be lowered as there are a number of concerns at present. Since mid-May, an increase in COVID-19 cases has been reported and this has prompted officials to again suggest the use of masks even for those who have already been vaccinated. News like this is clouding the outlook for a state whose economy is based primarily on gambling and tourism.
Alan Feldman, a former casino executive, said, “It feels like we’re in the middle of a real-life action thriller. Will the delta variant (of COVID-19) spread so fast that more restrictions will be needed? We’ll have to see if there’s more damage to the state’s economy before we can comfortably say we’re out of the woods.”
Governor Steve Sisolak had previously decided to lift the face mask mandate, but decided to re-impose it and people are now required to re-cover their mouths and noses whenever they are in a public space, no matter what the vaccination status. The governor is following a recommendation provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Based on this situation, it remains to be seen if the casinos’ excellent record will be affected and the streak of billion-dollar profits will no longer be part of the big news that has been made in the last few months.