Las Vegas Mayor Bemoans Casino Closures

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Mayor Calls For Businesses To Reopen In The State

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A bulk of Nevada’s workforce has filed for unemployment in the last weeks, prompting the Mayor of Las Vegas Carolyn Goodman to call the closure of businesses in the sate “total insanity.” More than 20 percent of workers in the state have filed for unemployment after businesses were forced to shut down following the coronavirus outbreak. 

“This shutdown has become one of total insanity in my opinion, for there is no backup of data as to why we are shut down from the start, no plan in place on how to move through the shutdown or how even to come out of it,” Goodman said.

“Being closed is killing us already,” she added.

In the last seven days, more than 5 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits. That number brings the total number of people filing for unemployment to around 22 million. The casino has taken a massive hit with The American Gaming Association estimating that close to 2 million casino jobs have been lost. 

Steve Sisolak, the Nevada state governor, has mandated a 30-day shutdown till April 30. However, Goodman has asked for the lockdown period to be reduced. The Mayor has called for businesses to reopen all through the state. 

“We cannot keep our heads in the sand and think it’s going to go away,” she said. “We’re adults with brains who can know what to do to wash our hands, to take all precautions not to spread this disease.”

“But let me tell you: with a population of 3.2 million living in Nevada, those whom we lost represent less than half of one percent of our population, which has caused us to shut down our entire state and everything that makes Nevada unique,” she said.

Death Toll Rises 

Nevada has recorded 137 deaths as of Thursday, April 16.

Casinos in the state brought in more than $1 billion in gross gaming revenue in February. While land-based casinos are lockdown, online casino offerings continue to rise. However, that cannot make up for the land-based revenue and jobs lost.