Linq casino, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, Aria set to reopen - Las Vegas Review-Journal

Linq casino, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, Aria set to reopen - Las Vegas Review-Journal

Linq casino, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, Aria set to reopen - Las Vegas Review-Journal

Posted: 09 Jun 2020 03:27 PM PDT

MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment Corp. on Tuesday announced reopening plans that will expand hotel and casino capacity in the city.

In separate news releases, MGM said it would open Luxor and The Shoppes at Mandalay Bay Place on June 25, and Mandalay Bay and its Four Seasons and Aria properties on July 1, while Caesars said it would open the gaming floor at The Linq Hotel on Friday. The Linq's parking garage and hotel will remain closed.

Both resort companies, the two largest operators on the Strip, opened properties on Thursday, the first date casinos were allowed to be open after 78 days of closures statewide ordered by Gov. Steve Sisolak as a measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Nevada.

Caesars Entertainment had opened Caesars Palace, Flamingo and Harrah's Las Vegas, while MGM operated Bellagio, New York-New York, MGM Grand and its MGM Grand Signature properties.

"It has been a pleasure to welcome guests and team members back to some of our properties in Las Vegas and in other parts of the country," said Caesars CEO Tony Rodio. "We are encouraged by customer interest and visits, strong demand and the implementation, so far, of our enhanced health and safety protocols."

Rodio, who participated in a grand reopening ceremony at Caesars Palace with Wayne Newton on Thursday, said adding The Linq gaming floor, food and beverage amenities, as well as The Linq pool, in addition to expanded amenities at Caesars Palace and Harrah's, "are the next steps towards resuming normal business operations in Las Vegas."

"It was exciting and emotional to see the energy in Las Vegas last week as we welcomed back our employees and reopened our doors to guests for the first time in months," said Bill Hornbuckle, MGM's acting CEO and president. "Our guests are having a great time and are thrilled to be back in the city they love. We are eager to get more of our employees back to work and enhance the Las Vegas experience with additional resorts."

Hornbuckle was on hand at Bellagio when that property opened its doors on Thursday.

Luxor and The Shoppes at Mandalay Bay Place will open their doors at 10 a.m. on June 25, a Thursday.

The July 1 reopening of Mandalay Bay, Four Seasons and Aria will occur at 11 a.m., just ahead of a three-day Fourth of July weekend. The public holiday will be observed Friday, July 3.

The gaming floor at The Linq Hotel will open at 11 a.m., on Friday.

When the reopenings announced Tuesday are completed, MGM will have The Mirage, Park MGM and NoMad Las Vegas and the nongaming Delano and Vdara properties left to open. Excalibur is scheduled to reopen Thursday.

Caesars Entertainment will have Planet Hollywood, Bally's, Paris Las Vegas, The Cromwell and the off-Strip Rio still unopened.

MGM shares fell $1.70, 7.2 percent, to $22.06 a share on average trading volume Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange.

Caesars shares were off 25 cents, 2 percent, to $12.14 a share on volume about half the daily average Tuesday on the Nasdaq exchange.

Both companies' announcements came after the markets had closed.

Contact Richard N. Velotta at or 702-477-3893. Follow @RickVelotta on Twitter.

MGM Resorts announced June 11 reopening date for Excalibur hotel-casino - KTNV Las Vegas

Posted: 05 Jun 2020 12:08 PM PDT

MGM Resorts International announced it will reopen Excalibur Hotel & Casino Thursday, June 11 following its closure earlier this year amidst the COVID-19 crisis. Excalibur joins MGM Resorts' Bellagio, New York-New York, MGM Grand Las Vegas and The Signature, which all opened their doors in Las Vegas Thursday, June 4.

"We are very pleased by the enthusiasm we are seeing from guests ready to come back to Las Vegas," said Bill Hornbuckle, MGM Resorts' Acting CEO and President. "As business demand increases, we are able to open additional properties and bring more of our employees back to work. Getting people back to work coupled with providing a safer environment for our employees and our guests are our top priorities."

Health & Safety
MGM Resorts' comprehensive "Seven-Point Safety Plan," reflects a multi-layered set of protocols and procedures designed in conjunction with medical and scientific experts to mitigate the spread of the virus, protect customers and employees and rapidly respond to potential new cases. The full plan can be reviewed at The company will continue to evaluate and evolve its safety protocols. Key initiatives include:

  • Employee screening, temperature checks and COVID-19 specific training
  • COVID-19 testing offered for employees as they return to work in partnership with the local medical community
  • Employees will be required to wear masks; Guests are strongly encouraged to wear masks, and in some settings where physical distancing is more difficult and/or barriers do not exist, will be required to do so. Examples of where masks will be required include salons, 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
  • A physical distancing policy will be implemented, with floor guides serving as reminders
  • For areas where physical distancing presents challenges, plexiglass barriers will be installed, or other measures will be used to reduce risks
  • Standalone handwashing stations designed by MGM Resorts conveniently located on casino floors
  • Contactless Check-In through the MGM Resorts App allows hotel guests to go through the check-in process on their personal devices, minimizing interactions
  • Guestroom Attendants wear masks and gloves while cleaning each room and will change gloves between guestrooms
  • In addition to increased and enhanced routine cleaning of guestrooms and public spaces based on CDC guidance, electrostatic sprayers are utilized in many large public spaces so that disinfectant is applied efficiently
  • Digital menus are available to view on personal mobile devices via QR codes in the company's food and beverage outlets
  • To minimize groups congregating while they wait, restaurant guests will receive text message notification when their tables are ready
  • MGM has compiled its own internal team and processes to respond if a guest or employee tests positive for COVID-19. We ask that if a guest tests positive after visiting one of our properties, they alert us through a special email address ( We will immediately report any positive test results to the local health department and assist with contact tracing to support the health department investigators.

A glimpse at what guests can expect at Excalibur:

Within Excalibur's castle walls, in addition to a full casino experience, guests will enjoy the playful pool complex including the slide pool and the Drenched Pool Cafe, the popular Fun Dungeon Arcade, as well as a variety of bars and dining destinations. Hotel guests also will have access to the Fitness Center.

Hornbuckle added, "We will continue monitoring business trends in the weeks and months ahead and look forward to sharing news around additional property openings here in Las Vegas, and around the country, as it becomes available."

For a full listing of amenities that will be available at Excalibur and to make reservations, please visit Complimentary self-parking will be available for guests; valet parking will not be operational at this time.

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

Posted: 27 May 2020 12:00 AM PDT


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." 


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

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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