Colorado: Coronavirus stymies Central City’s plan for a casino town’s cultural renaissance Sarah Mulholland, CPR · June 25, 2020 at 3:13 pm On the day Colorado’s casinos were allowed to reopen, June 17, the streets were still quiet in Central City, a small gambling town in the foothills about 45 minutes west of Denver. The town’s mayor, Jeremy Fey, normally likes to show people around, but he hasn’t had much of an opportunity lately. “We are seeing the effects of COVID. There would be more people out and about if it wasn’t for the virus,” Fey said. “But I don’t want to exaggerate what it would have looked like without the virus because we are a sleepy town.” The pandemic is upending communities across the country. From big cities like New York to rural mountain towns, the novel coronavirus is taking an economic toll.