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“COVID-19: MGM closes properties in three states — Las Vegas hotel-casinos will stay open. - Reno Gazette Journal” plus 1 more

“COVID-19: MGM closes properties in three states — Las Vegas hotel-casinos will stay open. - Reno Gazette Journal” plus 1 more


COVID-19: MGM closes properties in three states — Las Vegas hotel-casinos will stay open. - Reno Gazette Journal

Posted: 20 Mar 2020 09:03 PM PDT

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LAS VEGAS – Facing the intensifying spread COVID-19 across the U.S., MGM Resorts International has closed three hotel-casinos in three states.

The Las Vegas company announced the following closures in regional markets:

  • Empire City Casino in New York: The closure went into effect at 6 a.m. Saturday. MGM anticipates re-opening by March 28 – but will continue to "re-evaluate the status."
  • MGM Springfield in Massachusetts: The resort will suspend gaming operations by the early morning of Sunday, followed by a temporary closure of its hotel operations. "It is anticipated that it will remain closed for 15 days at which time the status will be re-evaluated," a statement said.
  • MGM Northfield Park in Ohio: The resort closed at midnight Saturday, but the company did not comment on when it would reopen.

The spread of COVID-19 has led to unprecedented disruptions in the tourism industry –including layoffs and furloughs for thousands of workers.  

"We sincerely regret the impact this will have on our employees, their families, and the community," MGM President Bill Hornbuckle said in a statement, "but their health and safety is our number one concern."

MGM Resorts has no plans to close Las Vegas properties, a spokesman said in an email Saturday. Several employees there have tested positive for COVID-19.

Layoffs coming to MGM

COVID-10 has forced MGM Resorts to close buffets and suspend operations of all nightclubs, day clubs, spas, fitness centers, salons and spas. 

In a letter sent to employees Friday, Hornbuckle announced layoffs and furloughs would begin next week.

"These decisions are never made lightly," Hornbuckle wrote, "and we deeply regret the hardship it will place on these individuals and their families."

Laid off workers will maintain benefits through June 30, the letter said.

'The travel industry has been challenged'

"As the nation grapples with the effort to contain the coronavirus," Hornbuckle wrote, "the travel industry has been challenged, and our company is no different."

More closures are coming next week. On Monday, 150 food and beverage outlets will close – with more shuttering "on a rolling basis." 

Read the full letter here: 

Several MGM employees test positive

Hornbuckle revealed several MGM Resorts employees have tested "presumptive positive" for coronavirus. 

One of the those employees worked at the Luxor Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip, according to MGM spokesman Brian Ahern. Another worked at the Wet Republic pool at the MGM Grand.

"We expect that there will be more in the coming days," Hornbuckle wrote. 

All corporate employees with teams able to work from home have been advised to do so starting next week, he said.

'MGM Resorts will weather this storm'

The spread of COVID-19 has staggered stock prices of Las Vegas casino companies like MGM Resorts.

In late February, the company's stock price hovered around $32 per share. The stock today is less than half that. 

"There is much about this unique crisis that is unknown," Hornbuckle wrote in the letter. "But one thing that I do know is that MGM Resorts will weather this storm."

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Las Vegas resort properties taking precautions, changing policies amid coronavirus concerns - KLAS - 8 News Now

Posted: 10 Mar 2020 12:00 AM PDT

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Las Vegas resort and casino properties are taking extra precautions and changing policies due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19.

MGM Resorts International made the announcement Tuesday that they will be temporarily closing their buffets at their properties including ARIA, Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Luxor and Excalibur.

The company said that "the safety and health of guests and employees continue to be top priority." The changes will go into effect on Sunday, March 15.

MGM Resorts all of their employees will "work directly with MGM's Labor Relations department to assist with any employment changes, transitions or questions as part of the temporary Buffet closure process."

They are implementing temporary changes to their Benefits & Attendance Policies, including:

  • Waiving the required hours to maintain eligibility for benefits on health plans
  • If an employee calls off due to their child's school closure, Attendance Days/Points will be waived, with documentation from the school

MGM Resorts sent a letter to employees with the full list of changes, you can read those in the image below:

MGM Resorts' letter to employees regarding policy changes

Wynn Resorts enacted a similar policy saying that if an employee is diagnosed with coronavirus, they would be placed on medical leave of absence and would be paid for the duration of their treatment.

It is not clear how many workers would be affected by these changes. The Culinary Union, which represents about 60,000 workers, is sending requests to casino companies to meet immediately and bargain the effects of the virus.

Other resorts that 8 News Now reached out to says they are closely monitoring the situation.

Wynn Las Vegas says their buffet will have culinary staff serving guests at each station, that way guests do not need to touch the serving utensils.

"In addition, we are routinely cleaning all hard surfaces and have placed hand sanitizing stations at the entrance for guests to utilize prior to entry. All restaurants continue to maintain the highest possible standards of cleanliness."

The Sands Hotel and Casino sent this statement, noting that the Venetian does not have any stand alone buffets.

"The health and safety of our team members and guests is our utmost priority. We, like all of you, are closely monitoring the developments regarding COVID-19. The situation is evolving rapidly and our Emergency Management Team works closely with local officials. We continue to follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) for local direction.

The Venetian Resort does not have any stand-alone buffet restaurants."

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas said the following after being asked if any of their restaurants will change how their food is handled:

"We are actively monitoring the situation while following guidance and recommendations from the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The safety of our guests and employees remains our top priority, and we will continue to assess and make adjustments as needed."

SAHARA Las Vegas told 8 News Now that no employee hours or positions have been adversely impacted at this time.

"The comfort and safety of our guests and team members are always our paramount concern. While Las Vegas and Southern Nevada are still considered low risk regions, we continue to closely monitor the global health response to COVID-19 and are in direct contact with the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) and LVCVA.  We are closely following all guidelines established by the SNHD, CDC and World Health Organization and have made additional enhancements to our already stringent sanitation procedures to ensure the safety of all guests. No employee hours or positions have been adversely impacted by the situation at this time."

SAHARA Las Vegas spokesperson

Caesars Entertainment said their buffets remain open.

8 News Now has reached out to other properties, but have not yet heard back on how they are responding to the coronavirus concerns.

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