In the United States, the coronavirus is spreading rapidly. With over 4,000 cases, the federal government has issued guidelines that state groups of ten or more should not be gathering. In order to stick to these guidelines, casinos and card rooms across the nation have closed. Some closures are short-term while others have decided to remain closed through April.
For the past few weeks, the CDC and medical professionals have pushed for social distancing among the American people as well as around the globe. The goal is to stay away from public contact in the hopes of stopping the spread of the virus.
The elderly are the most vulnerable as well as individuals who have underlying health conditions. The coronavirus spreads from droplets from sneezing and coughing, so keeping your distance from others and staying home when sick is essential.
When it comes to poker, casinos were originally cleaning chips and cards, switching out to new items on a regular basis. However, over time, it was recommended that the casinos shut down in order to avoid the virus from spreading further.
MGM Resorts and Wynn Resorts are just a small example as to the major operators who are shutting down services. Casinos in Las Vegas, New York, New Jersey and other areas around the nation to meet government guidelines.
Gaming operators are requesting help from the federal government as their businesses are shut down for long periods of time. In general, the shut downs are taking place for around 15 days but the venues may be closed even longer.
The process seems to be day by day and it may be some time before we see poker gaming taking place again in the US and abroad, as we see how the coronavirus affects the nation in the immediate future.