Marking the end of COVID-19-led casino closure, dice rolled and slot machines jingled for the first guests who started gambling again on Thursday, June 4th, in Las Vegas and all the way through Nevada.
Casinos in the Sin City and throughout the Silver State started reopening their gates to welcome guests at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, attracting large swarms of gamblers and entertainment enthusiasts even amid continuing unrest. Some industry experts had warned that violent protests and demonstrations in the city after the death of a black man named George Floyd could discourage gamblers from heading back to casinos. However, big swarms of gamblers noticed at the city casinos on the first day of reopening refuted all such worries.
Representatives of different casinos expressed happiness, saying they were very excited to get their employees back to work as well as to welcome guests to the world’s entertainment capital after a lengthy closure caused by the deadly corona virus outbreak. They also expressed hopes for a fast recovery from the unmatched, expensive and lengthy shutdown.
Derek Stevens, who owns two casinos in Downtown Las Vegas, said, “The past few months have presented our city with an unprecedented challenge. We are excited to get our employees back to work and to welcome guests to the entertainment capital of the world.”
Casinos in suburban Las Vegas were among the first to resume operations at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday. The iconic Bellagio casino and many other entertainment venues situated on the Las Vegas Strip followed suburban Las Vegas casinos by reopening their doors to the public in the morning.
Entertainment giant Wynn Resorts moved back its reopening to daylight hours due to nighttime protests over Floyd’s death in Minnesota. The 46-year-old African American died in police custody as he was pinned to the floor by a white police officer who pressed his knee into his neck. The brutal death of Floyd triggered violent protests across the nation, including the entertainment city of Las Vegas.
Las Vegas casinos were forced to suspend their operations on March 17th after Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak issued “stay-at-home” order to prevent spread of deadly corona virus. The lengthy closure of casinos caused loss of billions of dollars in gambling revenue, while the rate of unemployment topped 28 per cent during the month of April. However, with the reopening of casinos across the Silver State, there are big hopes for fast recovery of the struggling casino industry.