Statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
April 2, 2020
Many of the Deadwood gaming operations had voluntarily ceased operations by high noon on Wednesday March 25th, 2020, temporarily, by request of the Mayor of Deadwood. Also, the Deadwood City Commission on March 25th, 2020 adopted:
“AN EMERGENCY RESOLUTION TO ADDRESS THE PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS
CAUSED BY THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) BY IMPLEMENTING CERTAIN
MEASURES WHICH HAVE BEEN DEEMED NECESSARY TO SLOW THE
COMMUNITY SPREAD OF COVID-19.”
Then on March 30th, 2020, the Deadwood City Commission passed:
ORDINANCE NO. 1310-
“AN EMERGENCY ORDINANCE TO ADDRESS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS BY IMPLEMENTING CERTAIN MEASURES WHICH HAVE BEEN DEEMED NECESSARY TO SLOW THE COMMUNITY SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19).”
The Deadwood gaming industry wholeheartedly supports the Deadwood City Commission in these difficult decisions to keep our community safe and recognizes the unprecedented situation we are dealing with.
Our area has not been immune to the spread of the virus and we give our heartfelt wishes for speedy recoveries to those affected. The health and safety of everyone is our top priority.
We also are deeply concerned about the terrible economic sacrifice the good men and women and their families that work in this industry are making through no fault of their own. If you are able, please reach out to local non-profit organizations and give them a helping hand during this stressful time.
All of us in the Deadwood Gaming Industry are hopeful for a swift resolution to this pandemic and hope that we will all come through this stronger together. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by COVID-19, their family members, and the medical and health care personnel and first responders caring for these individuals.
Welcome to Deadwood!
The Deadwood Gaming Association (DGA) is the only non-profit association representing the interests of South Dakota’s commercial casino industry. Founded in 1990, the association represents the gaming industry before the legislature, the South Dakota Commission on Gaming, and the Deadwood City Commission. Together, these businesses in Deadwood are the entertainment of choice for over a million people annually, generating enormous economic impact throughout South Dakota from out-of-state visitors to Deadwood. Our casinos are also good corporate citizens, contributing numerous resources to the local and state economies. Last year, Deadwood casinos contributed over $15,929,000 in gaming tax revenue for historic preservation, tourism promotion, Lawrence County and its municipalities and schools, the State of South Dakota’s general fund and other governmental entities.
To learn more about gaming in Deadwood, click the navigation links to the left (desktop) or below (mobile).
2020 Legislative Session:
During the 2020 SD Legislature, the Deadwood Gaming Association is seeking support for Senate Joint Resolution 501. The resolution proposes submitting to the voters an amendment to the Constitution of the State of South Dakota, providing wagering on sporting events and to revise provisions regarding certain municipal proceeds of gaming revenues. CLICK HERE to learn more.