Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island closed due to coronavirus outbreak

The National Park Service has closed the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island because of the pandemic.

The landmarks had remained open through the weekend, but the number of tourists coming to visit dwindled dramatically in recent days.

The spread of the pathogen worldwide has led entire countries and cities to shut down, causing businesses to close, airlines to cancel thousands of flights, and tourism to grind to a halt.

Landmarks in and around Washington, DC, have also been closed down due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Washington Monument suspended elevator tours this past weekend, though people will still be able to visit the grounds as well as other monuments along the National Mall.

The Statue of Liberty (seen above in May of last year) will be closed due to the coronavirus outbreak

The National Park Service also announced that the Golden Gate Recreational Area will also be off limits to visitors during the coronavirus outbreak

The National Zoo in Washington, DC, has also been shuttered, the National Park Service has announced this past weekend

Arlington National Cemetery announced on Thursday that it will close to visitors beginning on Friday.

The National Zoo and the Smithsonian Institution also shut down operations over the weekend.

On the West Coast, the National Park Service also put a stop to visits to Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center.

Las Vegas is also hunkering down during the coronavirus onslaught. 

MGM Resorts International announced on Sunday that it will be halting the operations of all of its Vegas hotels and casinos as the coronavirus continues its spread in Nevada.

It means some of the most well-known hotels, casinos and mega resorts in the city that employ tens of thousands of workers, such as The Bellagio, the MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay, will close their doors.

The company said they will cease casino operations on Monday followed by the hotel operations on Tuesday.

The National Park Service said that the elevator inside the Washington Monument will not be in service, though visitors are free to roam the grounds

Arlington National Cemetery in nearby Arlington, Virginia, will also be closed, it was announced over the weekend

The National Park Service also announced that Alcatraz Island will be closed for the foreseeable future

The Mirage, Luxor, New York-New York, Excalibur and Park MG will also shut, MGM confirmed. 

Wynn Resorts also said in a statement on the same day that Wynn Las Vegas and Encore would close for two weeks.

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The virtual shutdown of the multi-billion-dollar industry is a hammer blow for the city’s tourism and entertainment sectors as hotel occupancy rates have already begun to nosedive. 

According to Wynn Resorts’ official figures on its website, the company’s operating revenues over three months up to last September were $1.65 billion.

MGM Grand posted net revenues of $3.2 billion over three months up to the end of 2019, the firm’s accounts state.

Several employees at MGM Resorts International hotel-casinos on the Las Vegas Strip, including at least one at Luxor, tested positive in a presumptive test for COVID-19 over the weekend. 

On Friday it emerged two employees, one at the Luxor and another at the Wet Republic pool, tested positive.

In a statement, MGM said they will not be taking any reservations prior to May 1.

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