LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — This week, more than a dozen Las Vegas Strip properties will close its doors to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The move comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a suggestion that for the next eight weeks, organizers cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more.
The hotspot of where Southern Nevadans make their money will likely seem empty this week as a result. Closures and layoffs are already having a massive economic impact on the Las Vegas community. Many people are either without a job or furloughed.
MGM Resorts International began layoffs Friday before making the announcement Sunday that they would be temporarily shutting down.
Both Wynn and MGM Resorts will be completely closed by the end of Tuesday. Wynn Resorts said it will pay all full time employees during the closure.
The following is a list of Las Vegas properties owned by MGM Resorts International and Wynn Resorts:
The Signature at MGM Grand
New York-New York
Our city relies on tourism and the thousands of jobs that come with it. According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, tourism accounts for nearly 400 thousand jobs in Southern Nevada and provides over $15 billion in local wages.
Hundreds of Nevadans are now worried about putting food on the table for their families and paying the bills. Governor Steve Sisolak says he plans on addressing the financial implications of the crisis in the legislature.
If you need to file an unemployment claim, Nevada Job Connect will extend its business hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. starting Monday.