Even Vegas isn’t willing to roll the dice on the coronavirus.
Many of Sin City’s biggest casinos are shuttering during the COVID-19 pandemic — and some have already started laying off employees, according to reports.
Both MGM Resorts and Wynn Resorts announced plans to close in Las Vegas beginning Tuesday to stem the huge crowds that routinely flood the gambling mecca.
“It is now apparent that this is a public health crisis that requires major collective action if we are to slow its progression,” MGM CEO and chairman Jim Murren said in a statement.
MGM already started making “significant furloughs and layoffs,” the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported, noting at least 150 food and beverage outlets have been closed at its properties.
It includes jobs gone from its household-name venues like The Mirage, the Bellagio and New York-New York, sources told the Review-Journal.
“These decisions are never made lightly, and we deeply regret the hardship it will place on these individuals and their families,” MGM president and chief operating officer Bill Hornbuckle said in a letter seen by the paper.
Caesars Entertainment Corp. has also started laying off employees at its numerous properties amid a drastic cut in tourism, according to the Review-Journal, citing documentation detailing the cuts.
“I’ve been with the company for (many) years, and like a light switch, I’m out,” an employee from Caesars’ Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino told the paper. “I don’t know how I’m going to pay my bills now. … I need that job and the benefits.”
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