Several Las Vegas casinos and hotels, including venues on the city's main street, will close their doors to prevent the spread of the deadly corona virus, MGM said on Sunday.
"It is now evident that this is a public health crisis that requires major collective action to slow its progress," said Jim Murren, chairman of MGM Resorts, in a statement.
"Accordingly, we will close all of our properties in Las Vegas starting Tuesday, March 17, for the benefit of our employees, guests and communities," said Murren, adding that the company plans to reopen the facilities as soon as possible. "
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released new nationwide guidelines that recommend that organizers cancel or reschedule events with at least 50 attendees, except for daily education or business activities.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city's famous bars and restaurants are only available for take-away or delivery, and that nightclubs, cinemas, theaters, and concert halls must be closed.
Schools, museums, sports arenas, and entertainment venues have closed in many states.