The Mayor of Las Vegas has pushed back against the statewide 30-day closure of casinos and other non-essential businesses as part of the measures invoked by Gov. Steve Sisolak to arrest the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman said that her city should be allowed to keep dining, entertainment, casino, and sports betting facilities open as its economy depends heavily on tourism and on the 40 million people that visit the city and the above facilities every year.
The tally of coronavirus cases has reached 154 in Nevada with two reported deaths. Almost all of the patients who have tested positive for the highly contagious virus are in the Las Vegas area.
The American Gaming Association estimates that the 30-day shutdown of Nevada’s 219 commercial casinos would result in $4.7 billion in lost economic activity. The closure of the gambling venues has seen more than 205,000 employees be idled statewide.
While some casino operators said they would pay employees during the period of closure, others indicated that there would be furloughs and layoffs.
Not all elected officials across Nevada have protested Gov. Sisolak’s strict measures against the spread of the coronavirus. Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve called for a 30-day closure of non-essential businesses even before Gov. Sisolak ordered the statewide shutdown.