Land-based casinos are just among the businesses that have jumped with the airline industry that’s seeking emergency financial assistance from the Congress as Las Vegas and several other tourist spots have been hit hugely brought by the Covid-19 pandemic. But things a bit different for its online counterpart like 918kiss where it experienced a surge in activities for the past few months.
The aid requested for casino companies have been raised by lobbyists and may come in form of comprehensive bailout package like what lawmakers might offer to cruise companies, airline industry as well as the hospitality industry. Other possible options may include the following:
- Deferred taxes
- Direct cash payments or;
- Special bankruptcy protection
As a matter of fact, a statement was issued to the Washington Post by the American Gaming Association saying that with 260 billion dollar industry closing to standstill, it will be requiring additional funds to be able to support casino companies as well as their staff.
As state governments are closing casinos as part of urgent health response of the public to Covid-19, elected leaders and policymakers must move as fast as possible in order to support businesses and workers alike who will be bearing the brunt of the impact of the pandemic. The immediate priorities will be focused on actions that will provide liquidity to support employees.
Even Big Businesses can’t Take it
The casino industry as a whole has been battered by the shutdowns brought by Covid-19, with the growing number of states that are demanding all casinos, bars and restaurants to close as soon as possible to be able to minimize crowds and reduce person-to-person contact. Casinos in Maryland and in the Atlantic City have been forced to shut down. Wynn Resorts have also announced that it will be closing its Wynn Encore and Las Vegas properties. MGM Resorts International on the other hand stated that it is going to close all of its casino operations in Las Vegas, which is followed by the shutdown of its hotels.
There are some casinos in the Las Vegas strip and also, across the country that keeps operating despite the CDC’s recommendation to be able to lower in-person contact.
Trump administration has moved already to be able to help oil and gas industry by announcing its plan of buying oil for Strategic Petroleum Reserve to help buttress companies that were impacted by the downturn in energy prices. Officials in Trump administration have said as well that the administration will be pushing for special financial relief for hospitality, cruise and airline industries that took a big blow from Covid-19.