It has been a full year since the initial COVID-19 emergency order shut the doors of bars and restaurants across Indiana. Since then, businesses have had to deal with ongoing closures and capacity restrictions. Many small businesses did not survive and others have taken on debt to stay afloat.
As we emerge from the pandemic, legalization of video gaming terminals in Indiana has never been more important to support these businesses and organizations. VGTs would provide a much needed source of revenue so that once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted our stakeholders can rebuild.
Clubs such as the VFW and American Legion have been closed off and on for months due to COVID-19. These clubs not only provide a gathering place for veterans, but also provide essential services to veterans and their families. VGTs would provide a source of revenue that can support their clubs (staffing, repairs) and service projects.
Independent Bars & Taverns
Estimates predict 40% of independent bars and taverns have or will close due to the pandemic. Legalization of VGTs could give these business owners an opportunity to reopen/stay open and recoup their lost revenue. These establishments are more than just places to grab a drink – they are cornerstones in their community and important to small-town economies.
Coin-Operated Vending Companies
Coin-operated amusement companies are also small, usually family-owned businesses that own and operated juke boxes, dart machines and pool tables. Bar and tavern closures have delivered a hit to their business as well. Legalization of VGTs would provide coin-operated amusement companies another service they can provide to their clients and allow them to hire additional staff.
Hoosiers win with VGTs by providing a much-needed boon for small businesses. Learn more at www.VGTsforIndiana.org.