American casinos are fighting an uphill battle to recover from the pandemic. Now, hope of getting back to normal is threatened in some places, including Las Vegas, as the virus continues to strengthen into a second wave.
Michigan has ordered businesses to shut down for three weeks, and that included casinos. Layoffs of casino employees in Atlantic City and work hours cut down are in direct response to new restrictions imposed by the governor there.
The American Gaming Association released a report on gambling revenue at the nation’s casinos during the third quarter of this year — the time when most casinos reopened after four months or more of being shuttered during the first wave of the virus outbreak. The report found that nationwide gambling revenue is down 36.5% in the first nine months of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019.
“Our industry continues to prioritize the health and safety of our employees, customers, and communities above all else,” said Bill Miller, the association’s president and CEO. “While these quarterly results are promising, the reality is a full recovery is dependent on continued public health measures to control prevalence rates” of the virus.
You can read more about the challenges facing America casinos in this pandemic at the Las Vegas Sun.