Temporary shuttering of Louisiana’s casino industry upsetting local economies Allison Kadlubar, LSU Manship School News Service · April 24, 2020 at 7:23 am Lake Charles attracts visitors to its restaurants, events and outdoor adventures, but its luxury casino resorts dominate the city’s hospitality and tourism industry. The novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, has shuttered these money-making machines for seven weeks, leaving the booming Lake Charles economically filled with uncertainties. Tye Robinson, a bellhop at Golden Nugget Lake Charles, collected his last tips from Golden Nugget guests over a month ago. “I would get a lot of tips, so I would use my cash on my bills and daily necessities,” he said. Robinson was working at the casino when he learned of the closure due to COVID-19.