Mississippi Gulf Coast faces the economic impact of shutting down bustling casinos Rob Masson, Fox8 New Orleans · March 26, 2020 at 6:23 am For 10 days now, the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s once-thriving casino industry has been locked shut. Coronavirus has decimated one of the region’s major economic engines taking thousands of jobs with it for the foreseeable future. For the first time since Katrina, all 12 casinos in the Mississippi Gulf Coast area are closed. The shut down began on March 16th and many are starting to feel the pain. Some casinos have committed to keeping their employee but many more are out of luck. “We have lost thousands of jobs. Once it’s over, we must do all we can to bring back those jobs,” Milton Segarra, CEO of Coastal Mississippi, said. The casinoes now sit like huge empty monoliths on a strip normally jammed with traffic.