The reopening of Las Vegas Casinos has been a hot topic for weeks as states around the country have started lifting restrictions.
Las Vegas has been shut down since mid-March, when COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic. Until then, this tourist mecca best known for its casinos, nightclubs, luxury hotels and fine dining drew more than 40 million tourists from around the world every year.
There surely won’t be a resurgence of visitors to that degree anytime soon, but there’s been talk about some casinos on the Las Vegas strip reopening soon under new guidelines and restrictions implemented by the Nevada Gaming Control Board.
In addition to meeting protocols mandated by the gaming board, resorts are required to submit individual safety plans to the Gaming Control Board. Recently, MGM Resorts released its “Seven-Point Safety Plan” that it will follow when states allow properties to reopen.
The plan gives us a glimpse at how dramatically different casinos will look once they reopen. For starters, say goodbye to buffet-style meals and crowded card tables and hello to temperature checks and face masks.
Similar to Atlantic City, Las Vegas hotels are becoming bookable for this summer in hopes of reopening in June. However, the selections are limited at the moment.
For instance, you can book a night at Caesars Palace from $99 a night in June.
When Will Las Vegas Casinos reopen?
There has been no official date set for the official reopening of Las Vegas Casinos.
State and local officials will announce when the official Las Vegas reopening will happen but hotels and casinos are preparing to open their doors in time for the summer season.
Although Casinos have not yet set a date for reopening, a handful of hotels are betting on June.
MGM has to not open all of its hotels at once, but rather start with two or three targeted at different traveler budgets, acting CEO Bill Hornbuckle said.
On the list right now: New York-New York Hotel & Casino, a midprice hotel on the south end of the Strip with a roller coaster, arcade and Irish pub, and Bellagio, a swank mid-Strip resort that is home to the famous fountain show, high-end shops and restaurants, a conservatory and a museum.