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Law360 (May 22, 2020, 4:42 PM EDT) —
The COVID-19 pandemic has been the most disruptive event to impact the gaming industry in Nevada in the past 100 years. Not since Nevada outlawed gaming in 1909 has the state’s gaming industry faced compelled closure. In fact, in the years since Nevada brought back wide-open licensed gaming in 1931, Nevada’s casinos have never been closed.
Nevada’s casinos didn’t close on or after the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941; they didn’t close when the U.S. went on high alert after the death of Stalin in 1953; and they didn’t close after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Therefore, history was made on March 17, 2020, when the governor of Nevada announced a general closure of all nonessential businesses, including gaming establishments, in order to slow the spread