‘Unprecedented public health crisis:’ Gov. Murphy orders closure of all Atlantic City casinos

Difficult financial times are expected in Atlantic City following Gov. Phil Murphy's decision to have casinos shut down as of 8 p.m. Monday.

News 12 Staff

Mar 17, 2020, 3:16 PM

Updated 1,525 days ago

Share:

Difficult financial times are expected in Atlantic City following Gov. Phil Murphy's decision to have casinos shut down as of 8 p.m. Monday, and the boardwalk this morning looked more like a ghost town.
PHOTOS: The impact of coronavirus around the world
undefined
 
People who work in the gaming industry say having them close down could be a financial disaster, and around 40% of all casino employees in the entire country have been affected, including in Atlantic City.
Some young men that spoke with News 12 made it clear they are not in any way concerned for their own health, but are in one way or another affected by these decisions.
“I just lost my job actually because I work at a gym,” says Jared Morris, of Gloucester City. “I’m the manager and we just shut down for two weeks.”
MGM Resorts International says in a statement, "This is an unprecedented public health crisis and we must all do our part for the public good and for the good of our employees and communities. We will work hard to mitigate the impacts and will reopen as soon as it is appropriate and safe to do so."
Caesars Entertainment, which includes Caesars, Harrah's and Bally's, says, "To be clear, there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at any of our Atlantic City resorts to date. However, for the health and safety of our team members and guests, the casino will close to the public. Please know that we have taken every step and precaution to promote the health and well-being of our guests and team members, and will continue to do so. We've implemented enhanced cleaning and sanitizing protocols throughout our facilities, based upon recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control.”
Will A Mask Really Protect You From Coronavirus? - Cheddar Explains
 
The owner of Bricker’s Burgers outside the Showboat Hotel is open. He says his prices have not and will not change, adding there are still enough people in the city who need to eat.
During the closure, Caesars will pay two weeks of pay to all team members, and benefits will not be interrupted.
They will also be working to donate food items from their restaurants during this time to The Community Food Bank to help support others in need throughout South Jersey.


More from News 12
2:10
Prosecution resumes presenting its case in Sen. Menendez’s bribery trial, focusing on Egyptian halal beef deal

Prosecution resumes presenting its case in Sen. Menendez’s bribery trial, focusing on Egyptian halal beef deal

1:51
Mostly sunny skies today in New Jersey ahead of major midweek warmup

Mostly sunny skies today in New Jersey ahead of major midweek warmup

1:59
Route 71 bridge in Monmouth County remains closed as Memorial Day weekend approaches

Route 71 bridge in Monmouth County remains closed as Memorial Day weekend approaches

Scottie Scheffler's Louisville court date postponed after arrest during PGA Championship

Scottie Scheffler's Louisville court date postponed after arrest during PGA Championship

1:19
Red Lobster seeks bankruptcy protection days after closing dozens of restaurants

Red Lobster seeks bankruptcy protection days after closing dozens of restaurants

0:32
Prosecutors: Man charged with attempted kidnapping in Garfield; victim saved by good Samaritan

Prosecutors: Man charged with attempted kidnapping in Garfield; victim saved by good Samaritan

3:37
Sources: State police search Massapequa Park home of alleged Gilgo Beach serial killer

Sources: State police search Massapequa Park home of alleged Gilgo Beach serial killer

0:16
Police: Driver killed in Jefferson Township car crash on Route 15

Police: Driver killed in Jefferson Township car crash on Route 15

0:23
Dead dolphin washes ashore in Long Branch

Dead dolphin washes ashore in Long Branch

1:41
New Jersey joins Click it or Ticket seat belt campaign. Here's what you should know.

New Jersey joins Click it or Ticket seat belt campaign. Here's what you should know.

1:56
Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with traditional Chinese dragon dance

Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with traditional Chinese dragon dance

0:38
Police: Manchester Township driver ejected from motorized bike following crash into SUV

Police: Manchester Township driver ejected from motorized bike following crash into SUV

2:31
Made In New Jersey: Buy or make your own candles at Brighter Days in Marlboro

Made In New Jersey: Buy or make your own candles at Brighter Days in Marlboro

2:11
Turn to Tara: FEMA initiative aims to improve safety of seniors during natural disasters

Turn to Tara: FEMA initiative aims to improve safety of seniors during natural disasters

0:27
Pacers set NBA playoff shooting mark, top Knicks 130-109 in Game 7 to make Eastern Conference finals

Pacers set NBA playoff shooting mark, top Knicks 130-109 in Game 7 to make Eastern Conference finals

Your New Jersey Graduation Photos

Your New Jersey Graduation Photos

2:41
Lantern ceremony in Montclair honors Asian community who faced violence and injustice

Lantern ceremony in Montclair honors Asian community who faced violence and injustice

1:53
Tour de Elizabeth takes cyclists through New Jersey's fourth-largest city

Tour de Elizabeth takes cyclists through New Jersey's fourth-largest city

0:30
Coast Guard boards anchored shipping vessel in Manasquan; no violations

Coast Guard boards anchored shipping vessel in Manasquan; no violations

0:23
Police: Haddonfield man faces charges for arson, stalking and vandalism

Police: Haddonfield man faces charges for arson, stalking and vandalism