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…

Coronavirus: When will Nevada's hotel-casinos reopen? - Reno Gazette Journal

Coronavirus: When will Nevada's hotel-casinos reopen? - Reno Gazette Journal


Coronavirus: When will Nevada's hotel-casinos reopen? - Reno Gazette Journal

Posted: 22 May 2020 09:24 AM PDT

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Casinos throughout Nevada were closed Wednesday, along with other nonessential businesses, following an unprecedented order from Gov. Steve Sisolak. He urged residents to stay home to help curtail the spread of the new coronavirus. (March 18) AP Domestic

LAS VEGAS – The pandemic has turned Nevada's premier tourist destinations into deserts of uncertainty. 

No one can say when COVID-19 will loosen its grip or when the economy might rebound, but everyone longs for the day it might leave as quietly as it came and vacations can resume.

State gambling regulators have not given the go-ahead or a date for the lifting of Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak's shutdown order, but casino companies have been developing reopening plans – many of them aiming for June 1. 

Many are even accepting reservations. 

Here's what we know about how hotel-casinos are angling to reopen in Nevada. The RGJ will update this list as more information becomes available: 

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MGM Resorts

MGM Resorts has not announced official dates for properties.

The company revealed it won't open all hotels at once – but rather start with two or three targeted at different traveler budgets. 

New York-New York Hotel & Casino is already accepting reservations for June 1.

These properties are accepting bookings for July 1, according to property booking websites:  Mandalay Bay, Delano, Luxor, Excalibur, Park MGM, MGM Grand, Aria, Vdara, Mirage and Bellagio.

Caesars Entertainment

The company has not announced official opening dates, but the websites of these properties are taking reservations starting on May 29: Caesars Palace, The Cromwell, Harrah's, LINQ, Paris, Bally's, Flamingo and Planet Hollywood.

"Our casinos are beginning to reopen around the country," the company's website states. "The precise date casinos are permitted to open will vary from state to state and is dictated by government or tribal officials in each jurisdiction." 

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Wynn Resorts

CEO Matt Maddox said Wynn and Encore could open in late May, but data must first show it is safe to do so.

"That is assuming we stay in line with the benchmarks and that the environment is safe for customers and for all of our employees," Maddox said.

While no opening date has been decided, Wynn is taking reservations starting June 1.

Las Vegas Sands

The Venetian Resort is taking reservations for stays starting June 1.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. plans to open its two properties in phases. First the Venetian tower will open – and then the Palazzo tower at a later date.

Station Casinos 

Station Casinos also plans to reopen casinos in phases, but no opening date has been announced.

Red Rock, Green Valley Ranch, Palace Station, Sunset Station, Boulder Station, Santa Fe Station, Texas Station, Fiesta Rancho, Fiesta Henderson and Wild Wild West are taking reservations for stays starting June 1. 

Station Casinos will hold off opening Palms, Fiesta Henderson and Texas Station until data reveals how business is doing in the wake of COVID-19.

Boyd Gaming 

The websites of Fremont Hotel, Aliante, Sam's Town, Suncoast, The Orleans and California Hotel are accepting reservations for stays starting June 1. 

Gold Coast and Main Street Station are not accepting bookings at this time, according to their websites.

"We are optimistic that we will be able to reopen most of our properties over the next several weeks," Boyd CEO Keith Smith said in a press release, "and we look forward to offering our guests a safe and enjoyable entertainment experience."

The Strat

The north Strip resort formerly known as the Stratosphere is taking reservations on its website for stays starting May 29. 

The Cosmopolitan

The Cosmopolitan is taking reservations starting June 4, according to the property's website.

Sahara Las Vegas 

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Sahara Las Vegas is taking reservations starting June 1, according to its website.

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Atlantis, EldoradoSilverLegacy and CircusCircus are accepting reservations for June 1. 

Grand Sierra Resort and Casino is accepting reservations for stays starting May 29, but the company's plans will be subject to announcements from the governor's office about reopening measures. 

The Peppermill announced a tentative June 1 reopening date in an email sent to its frequent guests.

The hotel-casino will implement extensive safety training and also test its employees prior to re-opening. Peppermill employees will be required to wear masks at all times, with guests also being encouraged to do so. 

Sparks

The Nugget Casino in Sparks announced on Thursday that it will resume operations soon, with added health and safety protocols in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Lake Tahoe

The Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe also announced that it will resume hotel operations on June 4.

"We couldn't be more excited to welcome back our guests and community," the hotel-casino posted on its Facebook page: and will be taking enhanced steps in order to ensure your safety and wellbeing while on-site.

Contributing: Jason Hidalgo, Reno Gazette Journal. 

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Bob Arum says boxing will return on June 9 to Las Vegas with blockbuster five-fight card at MGM Grand Hotel - The Sun

Posted: 22 May 2020 05:44 AM PDT

PROMOTER Bob Arum says boxing will return on June 9 to Las Vegas with a blockbuster five-fight card at the MGM Grand Hotel.

Major world title fights and events have been axed amid the coronavirus pandemic, but Arum is putting plans in place to come back with a bang.

 Bob Arum says boxing will return on June 9 to Las Vegas with a blockbuster five-fight card at MGM Grand Hotel

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Bob Arum says boxing will return on June 9 to Las Vegas with a blockbuster five-fight card at MGM Grand Hotel
 The Top Rank boss wants to stage two shows weekly at the MGM Grand in June and July

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The Top Rank boss wants to stage two shows weekly at the MGM Grand in June and July

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The Top Rank boss wants to stage two shows weekly at the MGM Grand in June and July, but awaits the approval of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, who have so far banned combat sports.

UFC president Dana White - who has staged three shows in Florida during this crisis - will also meet with the commission as he hopes to put shows on at their Apex Center.

Arum revealed no fans will be in attendance at his events, and everyone involved will be tested at least twice during fight week for Covid-19 - similar to the UFC's measures.

The promoter told Associated Press: "Once we get those fights in and UFC gets its initial fights in, both of us will ask for additional dates.

"The key was getting enough testing, and we've got plenty of testing in Nevada to hold our events."

Our protocols will be much more stringent than UFC had in Florida. In ours you wouldn't have a fighter testing positive the day of the fight or the day before.

Bob Arum on planned coronavirus testing

Arum only named IBF featherweight champion Shakur Stevenson as a possible fighter to compete next month, but overseas boxers will not be able to compete due to travel restrictions.

He said: "These will be the same guys we were going to have before to the extent possible.

"Guys like Shakur Stevenson and others who would have been fighting on our cards."

Arum already confirmed the trilogy bout between WBC champion Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder will likely take place outside of the US and UK, in a venue allowing fans to attend.

The legendary promoter had been critical of White for attempting to stage UFC 249 during the virus outbreak.

But he insisted their testing protocols will be better than the UFC's, who had just one fighter, Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza, test positive for Covid-19 during fight week.

Arum said: "Our protocols will be much more stringent than UFC had in Florida.

"In ours you wouldn't have a fighter testing positive the day of the fight or the day before."

 The UFC have staged three events behind closed doors at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville

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The UFC have staged three events behind closed doors at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in JacksonvilleCredit: Getty

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