In the casino hotspot of Las Vegas and some 28 area properties have reportedly been granted official approval to eschew all coronavirus-related capacity restrictions and return to operating their gaming floors at full throttle.
According to a Wednesday report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper, all casinos in Clark County were earlier granted permission to raise the capacities of their gaming floors from the first day of May to 80%. This increase was purportedly widely welcomed by an industry that had been operating under 50% provisions since the middle of March and last summer suffered through an almost twelve-week total shutdown.
However, the newspaper reported that some Las Vegas casinos were subsequently granted special permission from the Nevada Gaming Control Board to do away with capacity restrictions altogether. This purportedly formed part of a plan from Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak (pictured) that is to see all limitations removed city-wide by the first day of June so long as the state’s vaccination rates continue to improve.
American casino behemoth Caesars Entertainment Incorporated is reportedly one of the big winners in this loosening of restrictions as gaming floors in all nine of its Las Vegas enterprises can now be run at full capacities with no social distancing. This list purportedly includes the firm’s Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, The Cromwell Hotel Las Vegas, Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel and Casino and Harrah’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino properties as well as its The Linq, Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Resort and Casino and Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino Las Vegas venues.
Likewise, MGM Resorts International has reportedly been granted comparable permissions to do away with capacity restrictions inside its own Aria Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Las Vegas, Bellagio Las Vegas and MGM Grand Las Vegas Hotel and Casino properties alongside its Park MGM Las Vegas, The Mirage Hotel and Casino, New York-New York Hotel and Casino, Luxor Resort and Casino and Excalibur Hotel and Casino Las Vegas developments.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that the 300-room Silverton Hotel and Casino has moreover been given permission to eschew capacity restrictions for its 65,556 sq ft gaming floor although guests and employees will still be obliged to wear a protective facemask. Robert Kunkle serves as President for the off-Strip venue and he purportedly proclaimed that the move is destined to allow his property to return ‘to a sense of normalcy’ after it earlier hosted vaccination clinics for workers and their families.
The newspaper reported that other Las Vegas venues that have been given the green light to begin shunning coronavirus-related capacity restrictions encompass The Strat, Hotel, Casino and SkyPod development from local operator Golden Entertainment Incorporated as well as Wynn Resorts Limited’s Encore Las Vegas and adjacent Wynn Las Vegas properties. Not to be left behind and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas purportedly disclosed that the Nevada Gaming Control Board lifted all of its analogous limits after 80% of its workforce were verified as having been vaccinated.
Finally, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that Red Rock Resorts Incorporated yesterday divulged that its own Red Rock Resort Las Vegas, Green Valley Ranch Las Vegas, Palace Station Hotel, Boulder Station Hotel and Casino, Sunset Station Hotel and Casino and Santa Fe Station Hotel and Casino properties were now being run free from coronavirus-related capacity restrictions. The Las Vegas-headquartered operator inked a deal last week that is to see it offload its closed Palms Casino Resort to the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians while the remaining properties in its Nevada portfolio encompassing the Fiesta Henderson, Texas Station Hotel and Casino and Fiesta Rancho venues have purportedly yet to be re-opened following their shutterings in March of last year.