MGM Resorts Unveils Reopening Plan for Las Vegas Casinos, Hotels - Hollywood Reporter

MGM Resorts Unveils Reopening Plan for Las Vegas Casinos, Hotels - Hollywood Reporter

MGM Resorts Unveils Reopening Plan for Las Vegas Casinos, Hotels - Hollywood Reporter

Posted: 12 May 2020 10:40 AM PDT

No buffet-style meals, more handwashing, protective masks: The days of gambling like James Bond are numbered in pandemic-era Sin City.

MGM Resorts International on Tuesday unveiled a "seven-point safety plan" to reopen its Las Vegas casinos and hotels.

Expect no more buffet-style meals, plexiglass barriers and handwashing stations on the casino floor, physical distancing at slot machines and fewer players at card tables and digital room keys in hotels. The bottom line: The days of gambling like James Bond in a heated game while people crowd the card table to admire your winnings are a thing of a past.

"Employees will discourage players from standing (except Craps) and guests will be asked not to stand beside or behind players," the MGM Resorts reopening plan states. MGM Resorts in mid-March shuttered its entertainment properties amid the coronavirus crisis.

The proposed reopening protocols mostly address the safety needs of employees and casino and hotel guests, and do not directly address how the Las Vegas casino operator will protect Hollywood entertainers who perform on its stages.

Other safety measures included in the report are touchless ticketing for entertainment shows, no lineups for hotel arrivals and food ordering and pickup using smartphone apps. "Guests will no longer need to wait in line, if they so choose. Guests can confirm their arrival time, add payments and verify their ID all before setting foot in the lobby," the MGM Resorts strategy plan reads.

Hotel employees and guests will also for the most part be expected to screen themselves for COVID-19 symptoms before they enter properties, as they face "temperature checks" and answering screening questions to get through the front door.

"We ask that guests abide by a similar self-screening protocol prior to arriving and during your stay. If you have reason to believe you may have been exposed to the virus, we strongly urge you to follow CDC guidelines for self-quarantine and not travel to our properties," the report advises.

And once in hotels, employees will be provided with and required to wear protective masks and gloves, including those counting the casino's daily takes, or "large volumes of cash." MGM Resorts earlier reopened its casino properties in Macao, as it now works with Nevada authorities to develop a post-pandemic plan for its U.S. properties.

Las Vegas Has a Plan to Reopen Its Casinos - Motley Fool

Posted: 11 May 2020 04:45 AM PDT

Las Vegas has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. The city relies on tourism, conventions, and other big gatherings to drive its business model, and all of that has ground to a halt.

That has not been good for Caesar's (NASDAQ:CZR), Wynn Resorts (NASDAQ:WYNN), MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM), or other casino operators. Hotels and casinos in Las Vegas are closed. That basically turns off all revenue for these companies (though a few may house restaurants that are open to serve locals via delivery and takeout, and there are some people likely booking future travel).

Now, however, while no date has been set, the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) has adopted rules for what opening casinos will look like, Poker News Daily reported.

An empty row of slot machines.

Casinos will open at half capacity and with some other limitations. Image source: Getty Images.

What will reopened casinos look like?

When Caesar's, Wynn, MGM, and the other casino operators can reopen their Las Vegas casinos, they will have to operate at half capacity. That's not likely to be a problem, as few people are currently traveling and that's unlikely to change at least through the summer.

Casinos will also have to stick to rules about how many players can play at the same time at various table games. The adopted rules are:

  • Three players per blackjack table
  • Four players per roulette table
  • Four players per poker table
  • Six players per craps table

That creates a problem when it comes to poker, as four-handed games are generally not profitable for players or the casino, according to poker player Richard Gilliam, who spoke during the meeting.

"I understand the need for reducing the number of players as a safety measure, but these regulations are meant to strike a balance between visitor safety and...economic viability," Gilliam said.

Casinos have to submit a plan to the NGCB at least seven days before their opening, according to the final published guidelines. Before opening, casino hotels have to clean and disinfect all surfaces according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. Employees must also be trained on CDC disinfecting procedures, and "how to prevent the spread of infectious disease, including, without limitation, social distancing, handwashing, and not spreading germs at work."

Once the plans are approved, casinos must also:

  • Post signs throughout the property on proper hygiene, including proper handwashing, how to cover coughs and sneezes, and to avoid touching their face;
  • Instruct workers to stay home if they are sick;
  • Report on co-workers showing COVID-19 symptoms;
  • Conduct additional cleaning and disinfecting throughout the day;
  • Require employees to wash their hands; and
  • Provide personal protective equipment (masks and gloves) for workers.

The casino operators also have to ensure social distancing at slot machines and other games (like video poker). That could involve signage, removing some seats, rearranging machines, or even turning some off.

Hand sanitizer or disinfectant wipes will also have to offered to players at table games and around the property. Restaurants can open as long as social distancing is in place, as can bars -- but all nightclubs and day clubs will remain closed.

Hotels and other public spaces will also have to meet social distancing requirements. That includes meeting and conventions spaces, as well as pools, where chairs will have to be arranged to allow for social distancing.

A very different Vegas

It's very likely that casinos will struggle to make money under these conditions, but the big three will certainly move to reopen. These guidelines are very similar to the ones being used in Macau, where limited openings have already happened.

This isn't a return to normal, but it's a baby step toward that. In theory, this will help Caesar's, Wynn, and MGM cut their losses and bring back some customers. It will, however, be a very slow journey, as until there is a Covid-19 vaccine, effective treatment, or herd immunity, normal operations will not return to Sin City.


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