On Sunday the city of Miami, FL announced that it was closing its casinos again because of spikes of coronavirus. They had only been reopened for a total of six weeks. During the last closure, they lost millions of dollars. One assumes that will happen again – particularly when the government gave no indication of when they will be allowed to open.
This comes as Florida has been completely irresponsible in their handling of the crisis. Beaches have been open for weeks – and been crowded. So have bars, where nobody is following social distancing guidelines.
And it turns out that the person who was supposed to report the number of cases of COVID 19 was fired for wanting to give out the real numbers. There is simply nobody doing anything to stop the COVID spread.
So of course, people brought the virus into the casinos and people got infected. And of course, now they are being shut down. That’s hundreds of people losing their jobs because the government can’t send out a rational message about COVID.
Las Vegas has managed to reopen its casinos. New Jersey has managed this as well. That’s because those two states have taken a reasonable approach and actually brought their numbers down.
Florida has not taken any reasonable measures. So of course, their numbers are going to go up. And that means there will continue to be shut down. And people will continue to lose their jobs. And gamblers will be left with nowhere to bet.
While the rest of the world is opening up, the United States is shutting down. The country’s failure to address the COVID 19 situation is not only becoming embarrassing – it’s hurting the gambling industry as well as the people who like to gamble.
This can’t go on. The time for the United States to look at the rest of the world and see how they’ve handled the crisis has come. Americans deserve better.