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Las Vegas: What's open and closed amid coronavirus - Los Angeles Times

Posted: 12 Jun 2020 07:15 PM PDT

Las Vegas is pushing to reopen more hotels, restaurants, shops and activities as the long Fourth of July weekend approaches. The Strip as well as downtown continued to spring back to life after Fremont Street Experience and the Bellagio's famed fountains returned.

Bear in mind, stay-at-home orders issued by Los Angeles County and California remain in place during the coronavirus pandemic. Right now residents are asked to delay vacation travel that takes them far from home. However, Southern Californians may plan a future getaway in Vegas and elsewhere.

By the Fourth of July, 21 of the roughly 35 resorts along the Strip will be open and joining in the celebrations.

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Before you hit the gaming tables, know this: Visitors are now required to wear face masks at table games that lack protective shields. Many casinos put up Plexiglas panels at the tables because of the coronavirus outbreak. The recent mask order for tables without shields came from the Nevada Gaming Control Board on Wednesday evening.

Here are some places set to reopen this week:

Paris Las Vegas

The Eiffel Tower Restaurant at Paris Las Vegas will reopen Thursday. Diners can watch the Bellagio Fountains while they eat.

(Patrick Gray-Kabik Photo Group / Eiffel Tower Restaurant)

  • The Buffet at Wynn returns on Thursday, but can you still call it a buffet? Diners will still be seated in the same pre-pandemic elegant dining area, but the long steam tables full of food have disappeared. Instead of standing in line, plate in hand, diners will never have to leave their tables to savor dozens of different dishes. They will simply order from a menu featuring photos and descriptions of roughly 90 offerings, including double-cut lamb chops with truffle spinach and crispy onions, Old Bay braised shrimp and scallops with a spicy tomato compote, and steak and lobster in a Béarnaise sauce. Buffet guests simply tell their server what they'd like, and food is delivered direct from the kitchen to the table. It's still "all you can eat," but there's a two-hour time limit. The Buffet, the first to open on the Strip, is open daily. Prices range from $36.99 for a weekday brunch to $65.99 for weekend dinner. Reservations are required.
  • The new restaurant Elio at Wynn will open Thursday for a summer preview. Guests can choose contemporary Mexican dishes from executive chef Sarah Thompson. The restaurant will be open starting 5:30 p.m. Thursdays to Sundays.
  • Wolfgang Puck's Spago located lakeside at Bellagio will reopen Friday, serving dinner from 5 to10 p.m. The restaurant will be open Friday to Tuesday.
  • The Sahara this week is introducing reservations for its baccarat, blackjack and roulette games. With space at gaming tables limited because of social distancing, guests can book a seat up to 72 hours in advance. Otherwise, they may wind up standing around waiting for a seat to open up.
  • Topgolf, a popular attraction themed around golf and other sports at MGM Grand, opens its doors at 10 a.m. Thursday.
  • The Cosmopolitan's adults-only Marquee pool returns starting Friday. It will be open 11 a.m. until sunset Fridays to Sundays, with resident DJs and plenty of food and drink. Reservations are required.

Upcoming openings:

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Luxor and adjoining Shoppes at Mandalay Place will open their doors at 10 a.m. on June 25.

Aria will resume operations at 10 a.m., followed by Mandalay Bay and its hotel-within-a-hotel, Four Seasons Las Vegas, at 11 a.m. on July 1.

Here's what's already open:

About half the shops at the Miracle Mile in Las Vegas reopened this week.

About half the shops at the Miracle Mile in Las Vegas reopened this week.

(Erik Kabik)

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  • Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood: About half of the mile-long mall's 200 shops, restaurants and attractions have partly reopened with limited hours (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.). The adjoining Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino remains closed.
Excalibur in Las Vegas

The Excalibur hotel-casino reopened June 11.

(MGM Resorts)

  • Excalibur: It reopened, the fifth of the MGM Resorts properties to open their doors to guests. Inside the castle walls, guests can enjoy gaming, a limited number of bars and restaurants, the pool complex, fitness center and Fun Dungeon Arcade.
  • Caesars Palace: The hotel-casino reopened. Now the sprawling Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis, complete with a swim-up gaming area, has reopened too. So, too, has the resort's race and sports book. The resort's Restaurant Guy Savoy will return June 24.
Chef Guy Fieri at the Linq restaurant.

Celebrity chef Guy Fieri serves a sandwich with a smile at his restaurant at the Linq resort, before the pandemic.

(Erik Kabik)

  • The Linq: The hotel remains closed but the casino will be up and running, as will several bars and restaurants. For dining options, Hash House A Go Go is open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, and celebrity chef Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen & Bar is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday to Sunday. Influence, the resort's pool, will start welcoming guests 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The High Roller Ferris wheel at the Linq Promenade is open with a limit of 10 passengers per cabin to allow for social distancing. (Before the mid-March shutdown, it was 40.)
  • Big Elvis, a.k.a. Pete Vallee, is the first performer to return to Harrah's. The act that has been a Vegas stalwart for years returns at 2, 3:30 and 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at Harrah's Piano Bar — and it's free. Major headlining shows, for the most part, have been canceled for the near future.
  • Kenny Davidsen's Celebrity Piano Bar: The bar a few blocks east of the Strip along Flamingo Road has relaunched at the Tuscany hotel-casino. In this pandemic era, the lounge has a wall of plexiglass that separates audience members from the stage. Shows start at 8:45 p.m. on Fridays.
Luxor in Las Vegas

The Luxor will again welcome guests later in June.

(MGM Resorts)

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Caesars Palace, the Flamingo and Harrah's Las Vegas have opened as well as (from north to south on the Strip): the Strat, Sahara, Circus Circus, Wynn-Encore, Treasure Island, the Venetian, Harrah's, Caesars Palace, Bellagio, the Cosmopolitan, MGM Grand, the Signature at MGM Grand, New York-New York and Tropicana.

The Neon Museum reopened in late May. Even though much of the site is outdoors, the number of visitors is limited at any one time. Visitors are encourage to book timed tickets in advance.

The Mob Museum in downtown has also reopened, with temperature checks for visitors at the entrance. The museum encourages people to buy timed tickets in advance.

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

Posted: 27 May 2020 12:00 AM PDT

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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 "Roadmap to Recovery" plan, reports the Reno Gazette Journal, which is part of the USA TODAY Network. 

"Getting many of our employees back to work and welcoming guests through our doors once again will allow us to do what we do best – entertain," said acting MGM Resorts CEO Bill Hornbuckle in a statement. "The team is ready and we can't wait."

June 4 is the first day Nevada casinos can reopen after being closed for almost three months.

The full list: When will Nevada's hotel-casinos reopen?

Here's what to expect

At the Bellagio, the famed fountains will be turned on. 

The Conservatory will open with a new Japanese Spring Garden display called "Japan Journey: Magic of Kansai." 

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At this iconic stop along the Las Vegas Strip, there's much more to see under the surface. Reno Gazette Journal

Lounges such as Petrossian Bar and restaurants like Prime, Lago and The Mayfair Supper Club will also reopen.  

The pool and a selection of cabanas – as well as a salon and fitness center – will be open and available.

At New York-New York, the Big Apple Roller Coaster will ride again. 

Guests will also find a variety of bars, restaurants and shops will open, including Tom's Urban and Hershey's Chocolate World.

The pool and fitness center will open with a selection of cabanas available to guests.

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At MGM Grand and The Signature, bars and lounges as well as casual and fine-dining venues including Craftsteak and Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill will be open.

Cabanas will be available alongside a portion the pool. The salon and fitness center will be available to hotel guests.

Post-pandemic casinos

The casino experience in Las Vegas and greater Nevada will look much different. 

The Nevada Gaming Commission recently approved the Gaming Control Board's reopening policies, laying out what more than 400 large and small casinos need to do when shutdown orders are lifted.

Occupancy limits in gaming areas will be cut in half. Tourists will see chairs and stools in front of every other gaming machine. Gathering in groups – one time a staple of the Las Vegas experience – will be prohibited.  

Dealers will even offer card players a complimentary pump of hand sanitizer between hands.

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Masks encouraged, sometimes required 

All employees will be required to wear masks – and guests will be strongly encouraged to do the same. 

In some areas – where physical distancing is difficult or barriers do not exist – guests will be required to wear masks: salons, certain table games where physical barriers are not in place and elevators, if riding with guests outside of their travel group.

Masks will be provided, free of charge.

All guest room attendants will wear masks and gloves while cleaning and change gloves between jobs.  

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At a distance

A social distancing policy will be in place – with floor guides set up a reminders.

Plexiglass barriers will be installed in areas where physical distancing is a challenge, the company said. 

A contactless check-in system through the MGM Resorts app will allow hotel guests to go through the check-in process on their personal devices with minimal interactions. 

At restaurants, guests can expect digital menus to view on mobile devices. 

To stop groups congregating while they waiting for a table, guests will get text notifications when their seats are ready. 

Hand-washing stations will be on casino floors, and electrostatic sprayers will be used to apply disinfectant. 

What if you test positive during your stay?

MGM is asking any guest who tests positive after visiting one of the reopened properties to send an alert to covid19@mgmresorts.com

The company will report any positive test results to health officials. 

Ed Komenda writes about Las Vegas for the Reno Gazette Journal and USA Today Network.

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