The President and CEO of the American Gaming Association (AGA), Bill Miller, released a statement on COVID-19 stimulus measures, imploring policy makers and leaders to help protect the livelihoods of gaming industry employees.
Opening his missive, Miller noted that the US casino industry has gone from a rising, booming segment of the US economy to a near-stalemate in a matter of days.
He noted: “We are witnessing a rapidly increasing number of our nation’s commercial and tribal casinos that have been shuttered, impacting 60% of all casino employees. This will have a dire effect on the communities in which we operate across 43 states.”
He added, in a call for action to help those workers: “As state governments close casinos as a part of the urgent public health response to COVID-19, elected leaders should move just as urgently to support the workers and businesses who will bear the brunt of those effects. Our immediate priorities are actions that provide liquidity to allow us to support employees.”
Miller was also keen to emphasise the need to look beyond the current challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, emphasising that the gaming sector will play an integral role in the recovery process in the region.
Concluding: “Gaming is a resilient industry. As leading hospitality companies, we’re employers, supporters of small businesses, and economic engines. Once we’re through this crisis, we are committed to working with government leaders to play a critical role in reinvigorating communities across the country.”