Mayor Carolyn Goodman called for the Las Vegas casino industry to remain open after the statewide shutdown.
US.- After Governor Steve Sisolak ordered the casino industry to shut down in Nevada, the Las Vegas mayor criticised the move. According to Carolyn Goodman, Sin City’s main business should remain open despite the Coronavirus continues to spread.
“Our economy depends on tourism and being open for dining, entertainment, gaming, sports,” Goodman said, as AP quoted. The official spoke before the Las Vegas City Council and called for the casino segment to reopen.
Moreover, Goodman warned about the impact the shutdown may have: “I know we, they, cannot survive any total shutdown of the economy… beyond the immediate week or two.”
Gov. Sisolak quickly answered and said: “Your life and the life of your neighbours and family members will always be more valuable to me than the perceived and mistaken economic gain we have by cutting this isolation period short or by waiting one more day to get serious. I am not asking them anymore. I am telling them they must close their doors or they will face the consequences.”
His announcement comes after several of the largest Las Vegas venues voluntarily pulled down the shutters on their properties.
MGM and Wynn Resorts were the first to announce they would close, followed by Las Vegas Sands.
Gov. Sisolak’s said he expects casinos to remain closed until the end of the month at least, with an extended closure period possible.