Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak has ordered all casinos in the state to close for 30 days to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. All 440 licensed casinos must cease operation by midnight Wed., March 18.
The order also extends to other “nonessential” businesses, but ensures grocery stores, banks, and other essential businesses remain open.
On Friday, all Las Vegas nightclubs and dayclubs announced they would close due to coronavirus concerns but said they’d reevaluate the situation on a weekly basis. With this order, April 18 would be the earliest possible reopening date, though closures are expected to last through early May.
Cirque du Soleil halted all of their productions on the Strip this weekend, and all other show producers soon followed.
The unprecedented closures continue to have a significant impact on the Vegas economy and will leave thousands without work. Some resort operators have vowed to continue paying workers during the closures.
Despite these announcements, Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) organizers say the May 15-17, 2020 event is proceeding as scheduled.
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