Night clubs and day clubs along with live performances with spectators, however, will remain closed.

By Alison Fox
May 27, 2020
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Several Las Vegas casinos will reopen their doors next week, months after closing due to the coronavirus pandemic, after Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak gave the go-ahead to do so starting June 4.

Opening the casinos is part of Nevada’s move into Phase 2 of its reopening plan, which will also include allowing places like bars to reopen with capacity limits, but not nightclubs.

“I know the Gaming Control Board remains resolute in ensuring that gaming operations in this State do not compromise the health and safety of Nevadans, our employees, and our visitors,”  Sisolak said in a statement. “It is critical to put the health and safety of employees, residents, and visitors first through proactive measures, coupled with the Health and Safety Policies issued by the Gaming Control Board.”

Wynn Las Vegas will reopen on June 4, complete with 24-hour casinos and access to restaurants, retail shops, pools, and the spa, according to a press release shared with Travel + Leisure. The resort would implement thermal temperature checks and provide face coverings at the entrances. Additionally, each guest room would include an amenity kit with sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer, and face coverings.

“We are ready to provide our guests with a full Las Vegas experience with a collection of luxury amenities and unmatched service,” Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox said in a statement. “At the same time, our extensive Health & Safety Plan, validated by the nation’s leading public health experts, will enable a safe environment for our guests."

Caesars Entertainment Corporation also confirmed in a press release to T+L and on Twitter that Caesars Palace and Flamingo Las Vegas for hotel stays, dining, outdoor pool access, and casino games. Additionally, The Venetian Resort Las Vegas announced on its website that the venue — complete with a casino, pool, several dining options (with single-use or online menus), and its famed gondola rides — will open June 4.

MGM Resorts, which unveiled a Seven-Point Safety Plan ahead of the reopening, will also open their properties — The Bellagio, New York-New York, MGM Grand Las Vegas, and The Signature — next week.

"At opening, amenities at all properties will be limited," Bill Hornbuckle, MGM Resorts’ Acting CEO and President said in a statement. "As demand for the destination builds, additional venues within these resorts will open and other MGM Resorts properties on The Strip will reopen."

In addition to gaming and bars, swimming pools, waterparks, attractions like museums, movie theaters, and malls will also be allowed to reopen with capacity restrictions, according to the governor. The state will also increase the size of allowed gatherings to up to 50 people.

Night clubs and day clubs along with live performances with spectators, however, will remain closed.

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“We’ve taken every precaution possible. I don’t think you’re going to find a safer place to come than Las Vegas by June 4, with the protocols that we’ve put in place, than the testing that we’ve put in place, with the contact tracing that will be in place by that time,” Sisolak said, according to The Associated Press. “We’re encouraging visitors to come and enjoy themselves and have a good time.”

Casinos in the state shut their doors in March as the contagious virus spread throughout the country. The state then issued a formal stay at home order on April 1.

When the casinos do reopen, it will look a lot different from what people are used to with social distancing a priority and hand sanitizer readily available on the casino floor. These measures are part of the safety requirements the Nevada Gaming Control Board approved earlier this month.

The governor’s announcement to reopen casinos was delivered through prepared remarks after Sisolak learned he may have been exposed to COVID-19 and decided to quarantine himself while awaiting the results of a test.

Nevada has recorded more than 7,900 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, according to the Nevada Health Response, mostly concentrated in Clark County where Las Vegas is. But Sisolak said the state’s cumulative test positivity rate has been trending downward for 31 days.

On May 9, Nevada started allowing several businesses to reopen, including restaurants limited to 50 percent capacity.