LAS VEGAS — It’s been 11 weeks since the coronavirus pandemic dimmed the lights of Las Vegas — and now — it’s slowly getting back to business, with casinos and resorts reopened beginning Thursday, June 4.
The reopening is aimed to jumpstart the Sin City’s economy — which relies heavily on tourism, and has seen unemployment rates jump to nearly 30 percent in April.
Casinos and resorts are hoping visitors will return, with ‘welcome back signs’ on the Las Vegas strip being flashed everywhere, offering customers free parking and big discounts for rooms.
Nevada gaming authorities have set extra safety precautions for Vegas casinos and resorts and their guests.
The gaming control board requires all properties to provide free masks for guests who will be encouraged to wear them at all times.
Occupancy limits in gaming areas are cut in a half. Casino table game dealers are also required to offer hand sanitizers to guests.
Properties must also regularly disinfect gaming machines, chairs and other equipment.
Social distancing will be a familiar scene in Las Vegas casinos and resorts.
MGM properties has provided guests with a contactless check-in process
But for partygoers — all night clubs will remain closed.
Amid protests against police brutality, some malls on the Las Vegas strip have moved their opening date to June 9th, with law enforcement increasing their presence in case violence erupts.
But for now — Las Vegas is raring to come back to life.