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Bleak Numbers Show the Economic Impact of Nevada Casino and Business Closures

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FILE - In this March 21, 2020, file photo, a sign indicates to "Stay Home for Nevada" along a usually busy Fremont Street after casinos were ordered to shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

LAS VEGAS — Bleak numbers show the economic impact of Nevada casino and business closures because of the coronavirus pandemic.

With most businesses and all casinos shuttered through April, state regulators reported Friday that monthly gambling tax revenues were down nearly 100% compared with a year ago. Tourism officials tallied fewer than 107,000 visitors to Las Vegas during the month, down 97% from a year ago.

Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak this week lifted closure orders on more businesses and said gambling can resume on June 4. McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas reported handling less than 4% of the passengers in April than it did in April 2019.