As Memorial Day weekend kicked off on Friday, Nevada Governor, Steve Sisolak, announced that casinos would reopen on June 4, providing that the number of COVID-19 cases did not spike over the holiday.
Casino resorts have been shut down in the region since mid-March due to the coronavirus outbreak. The result was a large number of unemployed individuals as well as a loss of tax revenues. Sisolak has taken his time to announce a reopening date as he faced tough pressure to reopen the important industry.
A study was released in March by the Brookings Institution that revealed Las Vegas is one of the hardest-hit areas in the US. As many as 342,000 people of the workforce are unemployed. Casinos in Nevada have been working hard to prepare to reopen. Operators are creating guidelines that employees and guests will need to follow to ensure everyone stays safe.
Wynn Resorts Ltd. Is one such operator that recently released their guidelines. The company produced a 23-page paper in April, detailing what measures they are putting in place on-site. This includes temperature checks as well as passing out masks to guests who arrive.
Ready to Go:
Wynn Resorts and Caesars Entertainment Corp. have stated they will be ready to open their properties on June 4th. Caesars will first open the Flamingo and Caesars Palace, as they mentioned just a few days ago. They will be providing free parking as an incentive for players to visit.
MGM Resorts has plans to reopen New York-New York and the Bellagio, with limited restaurants possibly reopening. Station Casinos announced previously they are ready to open Red Rock Casino as well as Green Valley Ranch and Sunset Station, along with other properties. Boyd Gaming is looking to open Orleans, Suncoast, Gold Coast, Eastside Cannery, Sam’s Town, Aliante Casino and Cannery first.