Statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
March 23, 2020
By suggestion of the Mayor of the City of Deadwood, in his letter to the industry today, urging Deadwood businesses to begin shutdown procedures in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic; The Deadwood Gaming Association will be working with Deadwood’s gaming operators to temporarily shut down Deadwood gaming operations at high noon on Wednesday March 25th, 2020 until further notice.
Even though there are no known cases of COVID-19 in Lawrence County and no cases of community spread yet in our area, the Deadwood Gaming Industry believes that working closely with the Mayor and local health officials to be proactive with the City’s shutdown request is in our patrons’ and employees’ best interests.
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 caring for these individuals.
We are asking every gaming operation to agree to close their doors to the public as of high noon March 25, 2020.
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.