MGM Resorts to reopen Bellagio, New York-New York, MGM Grand in Las Vegas - USA TODAY

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MGM Resorts to reopen Bellagio, New York-New York, MGM Grand in Las Vegas - USA TODAYMGM Resorts to reopen Bellagio, New York-New York, MGM Grand in Las Vegas - USA TODAYPlanning a visit to Las Vegas when hotels, casinos reopen June 4? Here are the rules you need to know - USA TODAYMGM Resorts Unveils Reopening Plan for Las Vegas Casinos, Hotels - Hollywood ReporterMGM Resorts to reopen Bellagio, New York-New York, MGM Grand in Las Vegas - USA TODAYPosted: 27 May 2020 01:52 PM PDTCLOSE Yes, dice will roll, cards will be dealt and slot machines will beckon. But poker rooms? Closed. Tourists returning to Las Vegas will see changes since gambling stopped in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic. (May 22) AP Entertainment LAS VEGAS – MGM Resorts will reopen four properties on June 4: Bellagio, New York-New York, MGM Grand and The Signature.In the wake of the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic shutdown, the long-awaited return of the resorts will come during phase two of Nevada's…

“7 ways Las Vegas will look very different when the lights turn back on - The Points Guy” plus 2 more

“7 ways Las Vegas will look very different when the lights turn back on - The Points Guy” plus 2 more


7 ways Las Vegas will look very different when the lights turn back on - The Points Guy

Posted: 01 May 2020 03:02 AM PDT

How visiting Las Vegas will change due to coronavirus

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MGM Resorts Is Still Intrinsically Worth $29 Per Share Despite COVID-19 - Seeking Alpha

Posted: 30 Apr 2020 12:42 PM PDT

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Las Vegas casino executives consider reopening with dealers in masks and gloves - Yogonet International

Posted: 16 Apr 2020 12:00 AM PDT

Casinos would open with one-third of their rooms available and enhanced cleaning techniques

C

asino executives from rival companies are informally discussing what Las Vegas will look like when one of the largest U.S. tourist destinations reopens to guests.

The deliberations have included potentially allowing small businesses off of the famous Strip to open first, so that locals could get back to work, according to people familiar with the talks cited by Bloomberg. The executives have also discussed opening facilities nearby so that all casino workers — and perhaps even tourists — could get tested for the coronavirus.

The city would open its casinos with as little as one-third of their rooms available. Entrances would be limited, and guests' temperatures would be checked with noninvasive methods. Casino employees would wear masks and gloves, and gamblers would sit at least a chair apart at blackjack tables.

The moves are similar to what is already occurring in Macau, the world's largest gambling market, where casinos closed for 15 days in February and reopened under tight restrictions.

The companies are also discussing enhanced cleaning techniques, something unions have requested. "We're asking the companies to have more cleaning everywhere — the rooms, casino, special teams to work with new chemicals," Geoconda Arguello-Kline, secretary-treasurer of Culinary Workers Union Local 226, said last week. The casinos "have to have more people, so the people can have the area more clean."

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak, a Democrat, ordered all casinos in the state to close for 30 days in mid-March to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. He extended that order until April 30, but on Tuesday said the state wasn't even close to ending the restrictions.

"This is not going to be a political decision for me, as for when to open," he said. "I don't have an exact number. I'll take a lot of advice from our medical folks and determine what's in the best interest of keeping all Nevadans safe."

While Nevada has dozens of casinos, a handful of operators, including MGM Resorts International, Caesars Entertainment, Las Vegas Sands and Wynn Resorts, dominate the action on the Las Vegas Strip.

A call to Harrah's-Las Vegas last week found that all of Caesars properties in Las Vegas, which includes Harrah's-Las Vegas, The LINQ Hotel & Casino, Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino, Caesars Palace Las Vegas, Paris Las Vegas, Bally's Las Vegas, Flamingo Las Vegas, and The Cromwell, are taking reservations for May 1, as reported by Laughlin Nevada Times.

A call to MGM properties, which include Bellagio (owned by The Blackstone Group and leased by MGM Resorts International), CityCenter (50% joint venture with Dubai World), Aria Resort & Casino, Vdara, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, Delano Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay Convention Center, MGM Grand Las Vegas, MGM Grand Garden Arena, The Mirage, New York-New York, also are accepting reservations for May 1 arrivals with the same caveat that the date could be changed by further restrictions from the governor's office.

Estimates put the state's revenue losses up to a potential $40 billion in lost gaming revenue and transversely the tax revenue from that amount which would go to Nevada. The gaming industry is Nevada's leading source for tax base revenue, followed by tourism and the mining industry, and the loss of those gaming revenues could spell some hard times for Nevada if the closures continue much longer.

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