- Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak extends stay at home order until April 30.
- No casinos in Nevada will be opened throughout the month of April.
- Gaming companies such as Caesars are hit hard due to stay at home orders.
LAS VEGAS – All casinos in Las Vegas and the rest of Nevada will remain closed for the month of April.
To state officials, preventing the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) is absolutely essential. For that to happen, large groups cannot form. That is why Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak said that all non-essential businesses may not open in April and his stay at home order has been extended.
Today I formally issued a Stay at Home order & extended all other directives under the State Emergency Declaration, incl. the school, nonessential business & gaming closures, until 4/30. I’ve asked Nevadans to #StayHomeForNevada since 3/17, & I am now reinforcing that imperative.
— Governor Sisolak (@GovSisolak) April 1, 2020
Nevada began its stay at home order since March 17. The original order was supposed to last two weeks, but more cases of the coronavirus are being reported every day. To further curtail the spread of the virus, non-essential businesses must remain closed.
That means that Nevada sportsbooks and all casinos in the state are closed.
Although legal sports betting and other forms of gambling fuels the Nevada economy, they are non-essential businesses. Businesses such as grocery stores and government work shall remain open in Nevada. Due to the stay at home orders throughout the country, gaming businesses are being hard.
Caesars Furloughs Employees
Caesars Entertainment is one of the biggest gaming companies in the United States. They employ thousands of people in their properties around the country. But since there are no casinos open in the United States, Caesars has had to make some tough decisions.
“Given the closure of our properties, we are taking difficult but necessary steps to protect the company’s financial position and its ability to recover when circumstances allow us to reopen and begin welcoming our guests and employees back to our properties,” said Tony Rodio, Chief Executive Officer of Caesars Entertainment.
“The Company entered this crisis with strong operating performance, which, combined with the steps we are taking now, are critical to the future of our company.”
To protect the company’s financial position, Caesars had to furlough about 90% of its employees. That leaves around 60,000 workers without jobs. But Caesars plans to support these employees as much as they can.
Caesars will pay their employees as they normally would for the first two weeks of this decision. Then employees can use their paid time off as needed. After that, employees will still have their health insurance coverage until June 30. But after that, the furloughed employees are on their own.
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