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Atlantic City Casinos Shutdown Indefinitely

City's Nine Casinos Will Close Their Doors Monday Night At 8 PM

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Atlantic City was one of the few gambling hubs in the country that did not announce any casino closings over the weekend.

That changed on Monday afternoon as New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy ordered the state’s nine casinos to shut down indefinitely as the state and the country continues to try and corral the spread of Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

“It is no longer the time for business as usual,” said Murphy. “This is real. Stop believing folks who say this isn’t real.”

According to the Press of Atlantic City, there are no reported cases in Atlantic City or in the county, but the state has 178 cases and two deaths.

All the casinos will close at 8 p.m. and reopen once the state feels it is safe for large groups of people to congregate again. This is the fifth time in the city’s history that casinos have been shut down. Three of the previous closures were in response to hurricanes and there was one in response to a 2006 government shutdown.

The three-day period in 2006 cost the casinos $55 million. The current shutdown will certainly end up being the longest in the city’s history. In January, Atlantic City casinos generated $300.7 million in gross gambling revenue.

Macau closed its casinos for a 15-day period in February to curb the spread of coronavirus. The 15-day period without gambling sparked an 88 percent year-over-year decline in monthly gambling revenue.