The American Gaming Association is committed to keeping members, media, and other industry stakeholders updated on the latest related to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on gaming and the industry’s recovery.
The COVID-19 pandemic shuttered every U.S. casino in March 2020, preventing an estimated 616,000 casino gaming employees from being able to work. The subsequent two-month shutdown of the gaming industry led to $105 billion in lost economic activity and cost states more than $2 billion in lost gaming taxes alone, directly impacting 564 gaming communities across the country.
By the end of 2020, U.S commercial casinos had lost a cumulative 45,600 business days due to COVID-related closures – equivalent to 27% of the year – and the industry saw a 31% decline in revenue from 2019.
Gaming’s comeback is accelerating in 2021, with Q1 2021 matching an all-time high for quarterly commercial gaming revenue. As gaming continues its reopening and recovery, the AGA is tracking commercial gaming revenue on a monthly and quarterly basis.
As vaccination rates increase and health and safety protocols are rolled back, many states are lifting capacity restrictions on casinos. The AGA is tracking these developments across the country.
Supporting Our Communities
During the pandemic, the gaming industry has provided vital support to American communities, families, and workers.
At the outset of the COVID-19 outbreak, casinos from Las Vegas to Atlantic City to tribal regions and everywhere in-between donated tons of excess food to local charities and food banks. Las Vegas Sands, Wynn Resorts, MGM Resorts, and Boyd Gaming announced donations of medical supplies and personal protective equipment, while Penn National’s Greektown Casino-Hotel opened its doors for first responders to give them a safe place to stay while working on the front lines. Meanwhile, many operators and suppliers established funds for employees and their communities. As the pandemic has persisted, the gaming industry has continued to find ways to aid its communities, including spearheading responsible reopening protocols for industries across the U.S. and setting up more than 125 vaccination sites at casinos in 30 states. AGA’s Casinos & Communities: COVID-19 Response provides a full report on how the gaming industry has stepped up throughout COVID-19.