Casinos Opening Across The USPublished June 26, 2020 by Sol FH
Las Vegas and other gambling states are pushing to reopen hotels and casinos before July 4, but at what cost?
Las Vegas is pushing to reopen more casinos and other businesses as Independence Day approaches. The Fourth of July is less than two weeks away, but the US recently recorded its highest infected rate of over 36,000 in just one day. The Strip and the downtown Las Vegas area has been coming back to life, slowly, highlighted by the reopening of the Fremont Street Experience and the Bellagio’s famed fountains bringing tourists to the famed attractions.
As of now, by the Fourth of July, over 20 of the roughly 35 resorts along the Strip plan to be open and ready for the festivities. This could, however, bear a terrible cost as COVID-19 numbers throughout the US continue to skyrocket.
The brick and mortar gambling experience has now changed. Players are now required to wear masks at the tables, albeit most have installed protective shields. Numerous casinos installed Plexiglas panels at the tables to separate players from each other and from the dealers, but the Nevada Gaming Control Board recently declared the requirement of masks in order to play.
Some of the resorts that opened this week include the Paris and Westgate, including some of the fine dining establishments and the famed Las Vegas buffets, which are no longer lined with steam trays, rather picture menus where diners order and are waited on by restaurant staff.
Elsewhere in the US, commercial and tribal casinos across the country were forced to close in March, but the easing of measures in certain states means casinos and hotels are now being allowed to reopen, albeit subject to certain restrictions. In fact, all of the 989 casinos in the US were closed at one point, which translates to billions of dollars in lost revenue.
Online casinos remained open and they actually saw a surge in new players that wanted to play from home.