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

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…

“All Las Vegas MGM casinos, hotels to temporarily close - Las Vegas Review-Journal” plus 1 more

“All Las Vegas MGM casinos, hotels to temporarily close - Las Vegas Review-Journal” plus 1 more

All Las Vegas MGM casinos, hotels to temporarily close - Las Vegas Review-Journal

Posted: 15 Mar 2020 12:00 AM PDT

MGM Resorts International announced Sunday it is temporarily suspending operations at all Las Vegas properties "until further notice" effective Tuesday.

Casino operations are set to close Monday, followed by hotel operations. The company will not be taking reservations prior to May 1.

The Las Vegas-based company operates the Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Luxor, New York-New York, Excalibur, and Park MGM. It also owns 50 percent of CityCenter, which includes Aria and Vdara.

A statement from Chairman and CEO Jim Murren said the temporary closures are for "the good of our employees, guests and communities."

"It is now apparent that this is a public health crisis that requires major collective action if we are to slow its progression," Murren said. "We will plan to reopen our resorts as soon as it (is) safe to do so and we will continue to support our employees, guests, and communities in every way that we can during this period of closure."

MGM said more details on closing procedures, timelines and other issues related to the temporary suspension would be released soon.

In a Sunday letter addressed to MGM employees obtained by the Review-Journal, the company said full-time employees being furloughed or laid off will be paid two weeks from their last day of work, and all employees on the company's health plan will maintain benefits through June 30.

The letter, signed by Murren, further stated that salaried employees "should expect to continue working until further notice."

"We deeply regret the strain it will cause families and our community partners, and we will do all we can to mitigate it," the letter reads. "When we do (reopen), we will be ready to welcome the world back to our properties."

The announcement came shortly after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidance Sunday recommending organizers cancel or postpone in-person events with more than 50 people in the U.S. for the next 8 weeks.

MGM is also temporarily closing its MGM Northfield Park property in Ohio and its casinos in Maryland and Massachusetts. Following an order from the Michigan Gaming Control Board, MGM also announced Sunday evening it will temporarily suspend gaming operations at MGM Grand Detroit by 5:00 pm EST Monday, including all hotel, restaurant and bar operations.

"It is anticipated that it will remain closed for two weeks, at which time the status will be re-evaluated," a statement from the company said.

MGM had already begun taking steps to negate economic hardships from the coronavirus as occupancy rates in Las Vegas began to nosedive. On Friday, the company told employees that it would begin furloughs and layoffs, beginning "in areas most immediately impacted by the slowdown in demand."

There have been at least two confirmed cases of MGM employees with COVID-19: one who worked at Luxor, another at Wet Republic pool.

According to a statement from Culinary Union Local 226 spokeswoman Bethany Khan, the union has new proposals on the table for additional worker protections in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. There are about 60,000 workers in Las Vegas with union contracts, including MGM workers.

In a Saturday statement to members, the union said it would "continue to negotiate with casino and hotel employers … to protect workers during these difficult times."

"We are working with the employers to identify any job opportunities and make sure they are made available to laid-off workers, including available work in other classifications if needed and if worker is qualified," the statement reads.

Speaking to the media Sunday evening, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak said the state's unemployment fund is healthy for now and said he supports any property's decision to remain open or to close.

In an earlier media briefing Sunday, Sisolak ordered the closure of all K-12 public schools in Nevada beginning Monday to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19. Wynn Resorts Ltd. subsequently announced plans to temporarily close its two Las Vegas properties.

Spokespeople for Caesars Entertainment Corp., Las Vegas Sands Corp. and Boyd Gaming Corp. told the Review-Journal they have no plans to close their Nevada casinos at this time. A spokesman for Red Rock Resorts did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The Review-Journal is owned by the family of Las Vegas Sands Corp. Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson.

Contact Bailey Schulz at or 702-383-0233. Follow @bailey_schulz on Twitter.

MGM Resorts tells Las Vegas shows be ready for mid-May return - Las Vegas Review-Journal

Posted: 18 Mar 2020 12:00 AM PDT

MGM Resorts International officials have notified shows to be ready to return by mid-May.

That assessment might be rosier than the flowers tossed around by the cast of "Love." It no way detracts from the gravity of the health concerns generated by the coronavirus outbreak, but it at least shows a Las Vegas resort company's tentative plan to return to business.

Producer Anita Mann said Wednesday night she has been directed to have the adult revue "Fantasy" at Luxor ready by May 11. Adam Steck of SPI Entertainment confirmed Wednesday night he should have his shows prepared to return May 12. Carrot Top and Blue Man Group at Luxor are slated to return in May, too.

"May 11 is great for us. It gives us time to have an understanding of a better way to function," Mann said Wednesday, noting that her show will have been off-stage for eight weeks if it does return May 11. "It's showing a lot of optimism, sure, but I like using a sentence with 'optimism' in it."

Cirque du Soleil, too, is putting tickets for its MGM Resorts shows back on sale May 11. That covers "O" at Bellagio, "Michael Jackson One" at Mandalay Bay, "Ka" at MGM Grand, "Love" at Mirage and "Zumanity" at New York-New York.

The SPI Entertainment shows in play are Hans Klok, Thunder from Down Under and Australian Bee Gees at Excalibur. Shin Lim at Mirage will be taking ticket orders beginning May 14.

But again, as a Cirque spokeswoman indicated Wednesday, the situation remains uncertain for all production shows.

May 1 had been the original date for planned return for MGM Resorts productions. The time frame was moved back Tuesday after Gov. Steve Sisolak directed nonessential businesses to shut down for 30 days to help offset the coronavirus outbreak. At the moment, all ticketed shows and public performances in clubs, lounges and taverns in Las Vegas are dark.

John Katsilometes' column runs daily in the A section. His PodKats podcast can be found at Contact him at Follow @johnnykats on Twitter, @JohnnyKats1 on Instagram.


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