New Jersey is known for being one of the biggest gambling hubs in the world. Our beautiful state is home to some of the biggest and brightest names in the gaming world, and our betting scene is second to none when looking at other states in America.
That’s not to say that it’s been an easy year for New Jersey, though.
The pandemic has caused a lot of disruption and chaos for the gambling scene in New Jersey, with casinos being forced to close and workers being put on furlough. It’s been very difficult for businesses to stay afloat, and it has has a negative impact on surrounding businesses as well. Local liquor stores, cafes and restaurants have felt the strain too.
Moving aside from gambling, it’s important to note that the pandemic has negatively affected every business in the state- and around the country, too. Small businesses and creators have been particularly feeling the strain, and workers in the hospitality and entertainment industries have been working in strange, unfamiliar conditions.
That’s not to say that it’s all negative, though. In fact, recent news coverage of New Jersey’s place with the pandemic has been on the rise, featuring a positive spin. Today, we’ll be taking a look at how New Jersey has been dealing with the pandemic as a whole, and looking at how things could be looking up for the state.
What approach has New Jersey taken to the pandemic?
New Jersey has taken a strategic, measured approach to mitigating the pandemic. There is a dedicated task force in New Jersey, focusing exclusively on protecting the public and bringing things back to a state of normalcy. The state has been focusing on keeping people safe from the virus, but also on keeping the economy afloat.
When compared to other states, New Jersey has been performing exceptionally well. As reported in this article, New Jersey is one of the main three states that is on track to dealing with the pandemic effectively. The state has been praised by the nonprofit Covid Act Now for ‘meeting or exceeding international standards’ in regards to preparedness and proactivity.
One of the most important things to note about New Jersey’s approach is that cases have been rapidly decreasing, which means that the state is on track to containing the virus. When compared to some states across America that are still seeing a rise in cases, it’s very reassuring to see this fact being reported on.
All in all, New Jersey has taken a proactive, responsible approach to dealing with the pandemic. While there have undoubtedly been many casualties and losses around the state, the movements being made now to protect and reassure citizens is incredible. Hopefully, we will see this continue as we head further into the year.
How have businesses been reacting to the pandemic in New Jersey?
Casinos are one of the biggest money makers in New Jersey, so it’s important to look to gambling companies in New Jersey to see how the state is performing. The pandemic has certainly had an impact on the casinos in New Jersey, and many people were placed on furlough or even made redundant in recent months.
One of the biggest things that has become prevalent in recent months is the lean towards online gambling due to the pandemic. Casino closures have led to many more people heading online to get their gambling fix this year, which has been interesting to see- take a look here to see a blog post where we covered this in more depth.
A downside of this is that there is the potential for at-risk gamblers to develop worse habits while we are still in lockdown. We covered this in a blog post here, and urge the leaders in our industry to make addiction resources easily available. Just because people aren’t in a casino doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be supported.
Interestingly, casino closures and an increase in betting online could lead to some changes in New Jersey- and in other states as well. Some are speculating that online sports betting could be legalized in even more areas around the world, thanks to the pandemic.
It’s been great to see that businesses are focusing on supporting their staff during these trying times. The furlough scheme has been used extensively, and many businesses are opening at the last possible moment to make sure that staff are trained well, secure and happy to return back. We wrote a blog post here on how casinos are supporting workers in particular.
All in all, it’s been a difficult year for businesses and returning to normalcy will be strange. It’s important that businesses are patient, and that they turn to new, modern solutions – like internet gaming for casinos, for example – to keep themselves afloat.
Despite the scary circumstances that this year has brought on, it’s been incredibly positive to see so many people banding together to protect each other and the community as a whole. Lockdown measures can’t truly work if the community is not engaging with them, and it’s important to commend the New Jersey community for how they have participated.
While we are most certainly not out of the woods yet with the pandemic, it does appear that the state as a whole is moving towards a safer, virus-free scenario. It’s important that we continue to work hard to keep our fellow citizens safe and protected as we move throughout 2020.
If you’re heading out soon or heading back to work, remember to keep yourself safe as much as possible. Wear your mask, keep your distance from others and sanitize your surroundings wherever possible. It’s going to be a difficult year still, but with patience and understanding, we can all get through this pandemic.