In Las Vegas even the statues are wearing masks.
The 15ft white emperor that greets gamblers at the entrance of Caesars Palace has a cherub by his right foot and a gold covering stretched across his mouth.
It is a reminder of the damage the pandemic has wrought on the epicentre of American extravagance, a city driven by tourism and reliant on people willing to let loose. Inside the casino resort there are more reminders.
Plexiglass screens divide poker players. Slot machine stickers order a seat to be left between users. Everywhere masks are mandatory. It is the emptiness that sticks out most.
“This place is normally 100 times busier”, says David Sajdak, a 62-year-old resident, as he looks out over the gaming floor one weekday morning. “Or a 1,000 times.”
Mr Sajdak moved to Vegas two decades ago from New York state, drawn by the booming local economy. He is a branch manager for a mortgage company and his wife is in real estate.
He has another hat too – chairman of the Clark County Republican Party, which includes Vegas. And amid the financial chaos caused by Covid-19, the party could have an electoral opening.
Nevada has voted Democrat in each of the last three presidential elections, but the margins have been getting slimmer every time.
Barack Obama won the state by 12 percentage points in 2008, then seven points in 2012. In 2016, Hillary Clinton just saw off Donald Trump by a meagre 2.4 points.