It's a safe bet. As coronavirus forces global closures, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak ordered the Silver State's 440 licensed casinos to temporarily shut down, leaving tens of thousands of employees out of luck. Even before Sisolak's announcement, the Bellagio's famous fountains were turned off, partly to prevent large crowds from gathering — though the iconic Welcome to Las Vegas sign and the outdoor Neon Museum are still on.
What's the gambling industry saying? Insiders agree with Sisolak's order, but they're hoping the federal government will "act swiftly" as Nevada's economic engine grinds to a halt.