Casino owners say it’s not worth the gamble to keep their businesses open.
As more businesses and facilities continue to close, casinos are now taking action by closing several Las Vegas spots. The decision was made to help facilitate social distancing while trying to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
MGM Resorts released information that all Las Vegas businesses would temporarily close until further notice.
MGM Resorts Chairman and CEO Jim Murren said closing down these casinos became the best option during this crisis. He added that the choice was “for the good of our employees, guests and communities.”
“Despite our commitment to dedicating additional resources for cleaning and promoting good health, while making difficult decisions to close certain aspects of our operations, it is now apparent that this is a public health crisis that requires major collective action if we are to slow its progression,” Murren said in a statement.
MGM operates the MGM Grand, Aria, Luxor, Excalibur, Mandalay Bay, New York-New York, Park MGM, Mirage and Bellagio resorts in Vegas.
The company said it will not be accepting reservations prior to May 1. MGM Resorts reported that travelers should check in with the company to see if things have changed once the date gets closer.
“This is a time of uncertainty across our country and the globe and we must all do our part to curtail the spread of this virus,” Murren said. “We will plan to reopen our resorts as soon as it safe to do so, and we will continue to support our employees, guests and communities in every way that we can during this period of closure.”
Wynn Resorts also announced that it would be closing its casinos as the company prepares for a two-week shutdown. The company said it will continue to pay all full-time employees.