Silent slot machines, deserted poker tables: hit hard by the coronavirus epidemic, the big casinos of “Sin City” and their giant hotels have closed their doors for several weeks.

Silent slot machines, deserted poker tables: hit hard by the coronavirus epidemic, the big casinos of “Sin City” and their giant hotels have closed their doors for several weeks.

(.) Players will likely have a chance to recover after the health crisis has passed. But for now, the covid-19 epidemic requires “game is over” in casinos in Las Vegas, Nevada. Result: the thousands of employees of gaming establishments or hotels, they fear losing the bet. Only, the first positive cases of coronavirus were diagnosed within casinos and a first death related to coronavirus was announced Monday. As for foreign tourists, most were already kept away anyway.

Under these conditions, large operators of the Las Vegas “Strip”, a boulevard which concentrates most of the world famous casinos, have decided to suspend their activities. This will be the case, “until further notice”, of MGM Resorts, which notably operates the Bellagio (where the film Ocean’s Eleven was filmed), the MGM Grand, the Mandala Bay, the Mirage and the Luxor. “Despite our efforts” to strengthen cleaning, “it now appears that this public health crisis requires strong collective action if we want to slow its progress,” wrote in a statement Jim Murren, CEO of MGM Resorts.

As in many other American states, the governor of Nevada Steve Sisolak has decreed the closure of all educational establishments and many public places are also closed in Las Vegas, where major upcoming events (CinemaCon festival, selections of the federation of football, etc.) were canceled. Prestigious shows like that of the magician David Copperfield and the Cirque du Soleil show also lowered the curtain.

To attract the last tourists, even the dancers claim to wear a protective mask.

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To attract the last tourists, even the dancers claim to wear a protective mask.

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The closure measures will impact the daily life of 640,000 in the city lost in the middle of the Nevada desert.

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The strip has never seemed so empty as it has been for the past few hours.

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One by one, all the prestigious shows cancel their performances.

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Usually crowded, the main hotspots in the city are empty of everything.

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Focused on the game and tourism economy, the city hardly sees how to get past the current health crisis which deprives it of all of its usual income.

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Vegas usually welcomes between 35 and 40 million tourists each year.

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The tens of thousands of employees in the sector, many of whom are unemployed, are reduced to bite the bullet hoping that the situation will return to normal as soon as possible. A local hotel union, Culinary Union, which claims 60,000 members, said it was in the midst of negotiations with employers to “pay all workers, including part-time workers, during the closure of the establishments.” In a letter to MGM employees published by the Las Vegas Review, Jim Murren announced that workers who are laid off or laid off will receive two weeks’ pay and keep their health insurance until June 30.

The gaming industry is threatened throughout the United States by instructions to fight the epidemic. According to figures from the profession, it employs around 1.8 million people in the country for a turnover of more than 250 billion euros.

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