The days of empty streets, stationary slot machines and deserted casinos seem to be a distant memory. Las Vegas, the city of all extravagance, is well and truly back, as the epidemic stalls in the United States.
Every Sunday, a scene sums up the situation well: a traffic jam between California and Nevada, on the road to Las Vegas, is visible for nearly 32 kilometers, ABC News reports. “Visitors come throughout the week and all leave at the same time”, explains to the American media a member of the surveillance unit of the concerned highway.
This enthusiasm should not weaken in the days to come, on the contrary. And for good reason, this 1is May, the authorized casino occupancy rate was extended to 80%, down from 50% since March 15. Mandatory physical distancing goes from nearly two meters to less than one meter. Better yet, restaurants can now accommodate tables of twelve, and nightclubs can reopen – although dance spaces are still closed. In short, everything is done to ensure that a large number of visitors come to spend at all costs.
In addition to the accelerated opening of the city and its establishments, several factors may explain the massive return of travelers. On the one hand, the arrival of stimulus checks of $ 1,400 [près de 1.160 euros] pushed part of the American population to try their luck at the casino, on the other hand the decrease in the number of contaminations in the country and the intense vaccination means that people are no longer afraid to move from one state to another other. This phenomenon has in fact been observed since March, when the earnings of state casinos had even exceeded $ 1 billion. [environ 830.00 euros], adds ABC News. A monthly record over its last eight years.
The smile after the tears
To accommodate large and small fortunes in the best possible conditions, Las Vegas has had a makeover. Some new establishments have even emerged recently, such as the Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, a luxury resort of 1,500 rooms with its huge casino, which opened on March 25. Elon Musk even had time to build an underground tunnel, a new means of transport in the city which has caused much ink to flow.
If the time is for enthusiasm, the confinement imposed in March 2020 had been difficult for workers in the mythical city in the western United States. In April 2020, the unemployment rate had reached almost 34% in Sin City, where more than one in two jobs depend on the 150,000 hotel rooms and casinos it houses.
Today, the number of new positive cases detected in Nevada is about 400 per day, far from the figures reached in December and January last. In addition, nearly 40% of the adult population in the United States is already fully vaccinated against Covid-19, and the curve of new contaminations continues to fall in this country hard hit by the virus.
Source: Slate.fr by www.slate.fr.
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