OPINION: In Las Vegas, the coronavirus odds are not in our favor Brittany Bronson, The New York Times · April 7, 2020 at 7:30 am From the Stratosphere to the Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas is closed for business. With the exception of the security guards who remain perched outside casino entrances and occasional joggers, the Strip is deserted. The haunting emptiness is a version of what many Americans are witnessing in the places they call home: vacant subways, wide open freeways and unoccupied city centers. But as measures to control the spread of the coronavirus shut down businesses across the country, those of us who live and work here in Vegas worry that we’ll suffer more and longer than most. On New Year’s Eve 2020, I worked one of my last shifts as a casino cocktail server. I sneaked out of the service well with my co-workers to watch the Strip’s fireworks alongside a crowd of thousands of tourists from all around the world. Thinking about leaving an industry in which I’d spent almost a decade in was bittersweet. “It will always be here if I want to come back,” I told myself.