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The Las Vegas Strip Went Dark And People On Twitter Are Freaking Out

The World Reacts As Sin City Shuts Down

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In an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced a state of emergency and forced the closure of all non-essential businesses for 30 days, including the iconic casinos of the Las Vegas Strip.

Although some of the properties had already shut their doors, the order officially meant that the Strip would be closed for the first time in 57 years, and perhaps only for the fourth time since gambling was legalized in the state in 1931.

Not the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, nor the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Oct. 1, 2017 caused the Strip to power down. The last time that action on the strip grinded to a halt was Nov. 25, 1963, for the funeral of President John F. Kennedy.

Images from the vacant hotels and empty gambling floors have been circulating on social media, but the big shock comes from seeing the Strip at night, without it’s usual flash and neon to light up the sky.