Ah, there’s nothing we love seeing more than good news and acts of generosity during this global coronavirus pandemic, and, no surprise here but it’s coming straight out of Las Vegas!
This is incredible, considering Las Vegas’s economy has been among the hardest hit amid the COVID-19. That isn’t stopping properties from helping out their community in need.
We want to give the spotlight today to The Ahern Hotel, which was formerly known as the Lucky Dragon. The Las Vegas property has been generously offering first responders in the valley with a free meeting space, which includes fresh food, ever since last week.
The building is utilizing its former casino space as the meeting space for front-line Las Vegas workers.
“The first responders are out there on the front lines trying to mitigate this pandemic … and keep people safe,” said Ahern Hotel executive Lloyd Denson. “We want to make their lives a little bit easier.”
A Designated Meeting Space
According to Denson, the property sought to offer a proper place of solace where first responders could meet up, chat, and grab a bite to eat, instead of them just doing it in their vehicles in between calls.
This designated meeting space provides first responders with complimentary coffee, on top of discounted meals.
The space allows for social distancing guidelines to be met too, to ensure that first responders and staff are kept safe and healthy. To meet these requirements, tables are spaced out, workers have been instructed to wear gloves, and hand sanitizer is readily available.
“(First responders) want to get out in a safe environment, and this allows them to do that,” Denson said.
Meal Time At Ahern
These discounted meals are being provided daily, from noon to 9 p.m.
In addition to discounted meals, Ahern Hotel is also offering a same-day pickup service. That service provides specialty entrees for pickup, which include marinated flank steak, salmon fillet, grilled paninis and more.
“It’s our way of providing food and resources to feed the local neighborhoods,” said Blake Ferry, managing partner and president of Ahern Hotel.
The meal program is being run by the Ahern Cares Program.
First Responders Step Up For Nevada
The valley’s healthcare workers, first responders, and frontline workers have showcased such bravery and efforts through this difficult time. Many of them have had to put in overtime with no end in sight, all while putting their lives at most risk by remaining in contact with the public daily.
Southern Nevada’s healthcare heroes deserve all the praise they can get. They’ve been working directly with COVID-19 patients, and with a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE). It’s unbelievable the amount of sacrifice it requires to do their jobs at their full ability, without necessities like PPE being readily available.
Public Safety Officers
Las Vegas Metro police officers have also been doing their due diligence in cracking down on nonessential businesses who didn’t close their doors voluntarily. It’s all a part of the city’s bigger effort to crackdown on the spread of the virus, and closing nonessential businesses helps to prevent the unnecessary social contact of Nevadans.
Medical Workers’ Sacrifices Across The Country
Medical workers across the country aren’t just putting in every ounce of their effort into their shifts, they’re also putting as much effort once they leave at the end of their shift.
Some of the radical and heroic things healthcare workers are doing include moving out of their homes and into rentals to protect their own families from catching the virus.
They’re also washing their scrubs after each shift, as well as disinfecting their phones, keys, doorknobs, and any other surfaces they might touch.
Some are even securing a will and power of attorney.
Other Properties and Businesses Accommodating First Responders
The timeshare company Diamond Resorts announced on April 3 that they would be offering up complimentary rooms to first responders and medical personnel across their properties worldwide. Their suites feature full kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry facilities.
Recently, Las Vegas Sands company donated two million medical masks to local healthcare facilities in Nevada and New York, as well as 20,000 protective suits to Nevada facilities.
Denny’s locations all across the Las Vegas valley offered free breakfast Wednesday morning to first responders and frontline workers.
On Wednesday, Costco announced on its website that it will give special priority entrance to first responders, such as police officers, EMTs and firefighters, and healthcare workers across the nation. All that’s required is presenting an ID, along with a Costco membership card, and all healthcare workers and first responders will be moved to the front of the line.
Hospitality for Hope
In a new initiative called “Hospitality for Hope,” over 15,000 hotels have signed up to match emergency and healthcare workers with hotel properties that will serve to safely house them amid the coronavirus crisis.
According to the initiative’s organizer, American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA), the program will mostly provide lodging for the healthcare community, but some hotels in the program may also be utilized to serve as “Alternative Care Sites.”
“Alternative Care Sites” are being described as a temporary hospital site that can accommodate those who need to be quarantined.
“As an industry of people taking care of people, the hotel industry is uniquely positioned to support our communities by caring for the first responders who are on the frontlines of this public health crisis,” said Chip Rogers, President and CEO of the AHLA.
On Tuesday, April 7, Southern Nevada’s leaders have asked residents to show their support for everyone on the front lines of the fight against the new coronavirus by “going blue.”
How can you “go blue” for Las Vegas? It’s simple. Officials are simply asking residents to show their support by wearing something blue, posting it on social media, and including the #VegasGoesBlue hashtag.
Local landmarks are also showing their support for the valley’s brave healthcare workers, first responders, and those on the front lines. The world-famous “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign has been lit up in blue, as well as Las Vegas City Hall and Arizona Street in downtown Boulder City.
It’s incredible to see how the city of Las Vegas has come together to support our brave first responders, healthcare heroes, and frontline workers.
During this coronavirus pandemic, where things are uncertain and many are living in fear, it’s a bright spot to see those who step up and help out the workers who are going above and beyond to keep us all safe during these challenging times.
Our team here at BestUSCasinos.org want to give our deepest thanks to those who are working hard and putting their lives on the line every day to protect every single Nevadan. Your sacrifice will not go unknown!