Like many of you, the American Gaming Association (AGA) is paying close attention to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, which has created uncertainty for the gaming industry and economy broadly. This page is a resource to provide you with information on business best practices, latest updates from Washington, and research and news on the impact.
Impact of COVID-19
All 989 commercial and tribal casino properties will have shuttered their doors. These mass closures will rob the U.S. economy of $43.5 billion in economic activity if the casinos remain closed until the middle of May.
A Path to Reopening
As many states consider lifting shutdown orders, our members are formulating reopening plans that prioritize public health and ensure we can provide employees and customers a safe environment to return to. This includes working closely with regulators, integrating guidance from federal and local health agencies, and enlisting other experts to inform best practices.
- WH Coronavirus Task Force Guidelines for Opening Up America Again
- CDC Initiatives for the COVID-19 Response and Opening Up America
- National Governors Association’s Roadmap to Recovery
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s National Return to Work Plan
- Nevada Gaming Control Board’s Minimum Standards/Requirements Memo
- National Restaurant Association’s Reopening Best Practices
- U.S. Travel Association Guidance for Traveler Health and Safety
- Johns Hopkins Guidance for Reopening or Expanding Operations
CARES Act Update
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides needed resources for COVID-19 public health response and essential support for workers and businesses impacted by the pandemic. The AGA outlined key provisions in the legislation most relevant to the gaming industry.
- U.S. Travel Association Eligibility Guide
- IRS Employee Retention Tax Credit Guidance
- Federal Reserve Main Street Lending Program Guidance
- U.S. Department of Treasury Paycheck Protection Program Overview
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Guide
Supporting Our Community
As the U.S. grapples with the COVID-19 outbreak, the gaming industry is stepping up to provide immediate, urgently needed support to American communities, families, and workers.
Casinos from Las Vegas to Atlantic City to tribal regions and everywhere in-between have donated tons of excess food to local charities and food banks. Las Vegas Sands, Wynn Resorts, MGM Resorts, and Boyd Gaming have announced donations of medical supplies and personal protective equipment while Penn National’s Greektown Casino-Hotel is opening its doors for first responders to give them a safe place to stay while working on the front lines. Other supplies, such as books and playing cards, are also being donated by gaming properties like MGM Springfield and Live! Casino in Baltimore. Meanwhile, many operators and suppliers are establishing funds for employees and their communities—like Global Payments’ COVID-19 response fund for the Columbus, GA area, DraftKings’ commitment of up to $1 million to the United Way’s COVID-19 relief efforts, Station Casinos’ pledge of $1 million to fight the virus, and William Hill’s employee relief fund. Las Vegas casinos, including Park MGM and Aria, are also sending messages of hope and unity using light from their hotel rooms, while the Luxor, Paris, Venetian, and casinos across the nation are lighting the sky blue in honor of our healthcare workers. Finally, Las Vegas released a moving message to visitors, “When it’s time, we’ll be ready and better than ever.”
AGA President and CEO Bill Miller shares what our members are doing from coast to coast. Read the Article
View the latest updates and resources from the CDC and World Health Organization (WHO).
Employee Health and Safety
View the latest government guidance for employers.
Customer Health and Safety
View the latest information impacting customer travel and gatherings.
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