Movie theaters across Arizona are empty.
Gyms have locked their doors.
And restaurants are filled with taped-off tables, welcoming half of the customers they would usually see for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
But casinos, which operate on tribal land in Arizona, are open for business, despite health experts warning that customers are engaging in a high-stakes gamble: risking their health along with their money.
Casinos are the only business designated as high-risk by Arizona’s health department that remain unrestricted amid the recent COVID-19 spike in the state.
But some public health experts say they shouldn’t be. Dr. Shad Marvasti, director of public health at the