‘I’ve never seen Las Vegas like this’: As coronavirus brings change, Sin City feels the effect Melissa Etehad, Los Angeles Times · March 16, 2020 at 11:41 am LAS VEGAS — When Michael Schenk and his father flew in from Philadelphia last week, Las Vegas was bright with neon and swagger: They gambled at the Excalibur, ate at an Irish restaurant, strolled through a construction trade show and mingled with high and low rollers from Europe and Asia. But then, as if sensing an ill wind blowing in from the desert, the pair noticed fewer chips stacked on blackjack tables. The roulette wheel was not in constant spin. The news kept saying it was coming. The president declared a national emergency. Faces half-hidden by surgical masks began appearing at every turn.