Las Vegas the city of gambling, we’ve all herad about it.
Several of the Las Vegas hotels are rolling the dice and planning their reopening dates even as state officials haven’t given the green light to resume operations at gaming facilities.
Free parking, but no valet service. Bartenders, blackjack dealers and waiters wearing masks. Hand sanitizer everywhere.
Yes, dice will roll, cards will be dealt and slot machines will be available. But poker rooms? Closed.
The stakes could not be higher, said Robert Lang, executive director of the Brookings Mountain West think tank at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
“Las Vegas can never be known as the place where people go and get sick,” he said.
“We all know what we’ve gone through for the last 10 weeks. No one’s having fun,” said Bill Hornbuckle, acting chief executive and president of casino giant MGM Resorts International. “The simple idea that I could get out, come to a resort, lay at a pool, enjoy a nice dinner, sit at a blackjack table. There’s something to be said for all of that.”
Once given the green light, the marquees and the managers will welcome people back to this 24/7 town built for crowds and excitement. But not every resort amenity will be open. Nightclubs, dayclubs, buffets and large venues will remain closed. Cirque du Soleil shows will stay dark, at least for now.
It is obvious that signs everywhere will remind guests of new rules: Wash your hands; keep distance from others; limit your elevator ride to your sanitized room to just four people.
“The health and safety of our guests and Team Members is our top priority, and we continue to adhere to guidance provided by federal, state and local authorities including the Southern Nevada Health District, Centers For Disease Control and Prevention and the Nevada Gaming Control Board,” the hotel wrote in a statement.
When the doors do open, visitors will be able to stay there, swim in the outdoor pools, and play both slot machines.
MGM Resorts plans to open just two of its 10 Strip properties at first: Bellagio and New York-New York.
“Once people know there’s an opening date … demand will increase,” McBurney said. “How much? I can’t speculate.”
“The world has changed and Vegas is changing with it,” the ad says. “So yes, things will be a little different when we open again, at least for a while: a new Vegas for the new reality. We’re working to make it more intimate with more space and the excitement you’ve come to expect. So if you ever imagined a Vegas that was just for you, it’s only here. And when it’s ready, you’ll be the first to know.”