A leading Oregon casino is taking the drastic step of closing down following the confirmation of a case of coronavirus, the third case identified so far.
According to reports, a sanitation process is underway at the Wildhorse Resort and Casino, which is owned by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. All promotions and casino events have been cancelled until further updates on the outbreak of the virus are available.
But the casino could be closed for a while, as the local media reports a steadily growing number of cases in the Pacific Northwest, which could have major implications for Las Vegas gaming establishments, which are bracing for a major drop in visitor numbers.
Oregon shares a border with Nevada, the home of the Las Vegas casino industry, and the ongoing outbreak in the state could have a significant impact on the casino hub.
Several US casino groups have already taken a big hit thanks to the two week shut down of casino resorts in Macau, with MGM Resorts, Las Vegas Sands, and Wynn Resorts all impacted by the effect of the coronavirus. In a recent report on the impact, a statement from Wynn Resorts said that it had caused a dramatic drop in visitor numbers:
“Visitation to Macau has fallen precipitously since the outbreak of coronavirus, driven by the Chinese government’s suspension of its visa and group tour schemes that allow mainland Chinese residents to travel to Macau, quarantines in certain cities in mainland China and the suspension by the Hong Kong government of ferry service from Hong Kong to Macau until further notice.”
An additional impact is the restrictions on travel to the US from China, which has been imposed by the US government. Many casino properties in Las Vegas rely on high-rolling tourists from China and other geographical locations. Yesterday, analysts H2 Gambling Capital predicted that the outbreak could lead to a drop of as much as 8% in the value of the international gaming sector.