Las Vegas finally reopened some of its popular casinos on June 4, after Gov. Sisolak declared the Phase 2 reopening for the state after COVID-19 trends stabilized into a downward trajectory.
Now, two weeks later, reports of additional COVID-19 cases are emerging from the Las Vegas Strip.
On Thursday, two positive COVID-19 cases at the Flamingo hotel-casino were confirmed by a Caesars Entertainment spokesperson. The spokesperson also confirmed that contact tracing protocols were being implemented as a precautionary safety measure.
The company’s representatives did not confirm whether the positive cases were staff members or guests. According to health officials, it can take an average of five to six days before coronavirus symptoms show up after first being exposed to the virus. However, symptoms can also remain dormant for us to 14 days following initial exposure.
On Wednesday, another case coming from the Strip was confirmed when a kitchen worker out of Bellagio’s Mayfair Supper Club testing positively for COVID-19. The Supper Club, which is a part-dining, part-entertainment venue, was one of the few live entertainment options currently available on the Las Vegas Strip.
It was temporarily forced to shut down on Wednesday after the worker tested positive.
Flamingo Hotel Hosted First Pool Party Amid Reopening
After 78 days of lockdown, the Flamingo hosted Las Vegas’ first pool party to welcome back guests in true Flamingo fashion.
Casino executives, like Regional President Eileen Moore Johnson and Ken Janssen were on deck to greet guests looking to escape the Vegas heat and have a good time again, as well as showgirls dressed in Flamingo-colored two-pieces with feathers and masks.
— Flamingo Las Vegas (@FlamingoVegas) June 4, 2020
Many pools on reopened Strip properties have opened its door alongside their respective casinos, and they’ve been packed with people the past two weekends.
It’s good to see the pent-up demand that Vegas has been met with since reopening. There has, however, been an unfortunate trend of people not wearing masks while out and about on Las Vegas Boulevard.
So much so, that the Nevada Gaming Control Board made updated to its health and safety protocols in an effort to get people to treat mask usage more seriously.
In fact, Nevada Governor, Steve Sisolak, will be keeping the state in Phase 2 longer as he’s disappointed in the number of people out and about who aren’t wearing masks and taking the threat of the virus more seriously.
Coronavirus Numbers in Nevada
On Friday, Nevada saw its largest single-day increase of cases since the pandemic started, with 410 cases. It surpasses Monday’s total of 379 positive cases.
Nevada now has 12,486 confirmed cases, with 9,852 of those cases coming out of Clark County. There have been no new reported COVID-19-related deaths, with the state’s total death count at 478.
It seems the positive number of cases has been on the rise due to a number of factors. For one, the testing capacity in the state has increased, and public gatherings for up to 50 people have been approved. Of course, the reopening of major casinos and hotel properties is likely a contributing factor as well.
$10 Million Steakhouse to Open on July 2 at Flamingo
It’s unsure whether the rise of confirmed cases will delay the plans that Flamingo has to debut their new $10 million steakhouse on July 2, but we’ll see.
The steakhouse, which will be called the Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse, will pay homage to Vegas’ historic roots. It’s named after for Bugsy Siegel and Meyer Lansky, two men tied closely to Las Vegas history and the city’s birth.
The restaurant will feature a hidden speakeasy called The Count Room. Other special features include a dry meat cooler, bakery façade, centerpiece bar and lounge, a raw bar, a decorative dining room and three private dining rooms.
Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse will begin accepting reservations for July 2, while following Caesar’s Entertainment enhanced health and safety protocols. Those protocols include spacing tables six feet apart and allowing 50 percent capacity to comply with social distancing guidelines.
Hand sanitizing stations will also be placed around the restaurant and restaurant employees will be required to wear masks.
Caesars Entertainment Reopens Paris Las Vegas
On Thursday, June 18, Caesars Entertainment opened up its fourth property to the public. After the successful reopenings of Caesars Palace Las Vegas, Flamingo Las Vegas, Harrah’s Las Vegas, The LINQ Promenade and High Roller Observation Wheel, Paris Las Vegas was the next property to resume its gaming and hospitality operations.
To commemorate the momentous occasion, Paris Las Vegas had a big French-inspired reopening featuring can-can dancers, a Monsieur Loyal ringmaster, and Caesars Entertainment executive members on hand to greet visitors.
Guests to the newly reopened property can expect to see renovated rooms and suites, a variety of food and beverage amenities, and have access to the fitness center and outdoor pool.
To honor the reopening, the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas will also showcase a free light show happening every half hour from dusk to midnight through June 30.
The property intends to comply with reopening directives and guidelines provided by Governor Sisolak, the Nevada Gaming Control Board, and public health authorities.
Paris Las Vegas Open Dining Options
Arc Bar – daily, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
BEER PARK – daily, 2 p.m. to close
Café Americano – daily, 6 a.m. to noon
Café Belle Madeleine – breakfast daily, 5 a.m. to noon
Eiffel Tower Restaurant – daily, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Gordon Ramsay Steak – Thursday through Sunday, 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Gustav’s Bar – daily, 24 hours
HEXX Kitchen + Bar – daily, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
JJ’s Boulangerie (dining room) – daily, 24 hours
La Creperie – breakfast daily, 6 a.m. to noon
La Pizza (express window) – daily, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Le Cabaret Bar – daily, 2 p.m. to close
Le Central Bar – daily, 24 hours
Mon Ami Gabi – daily, 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Pool and Fitness Center Hours
Soleil Pool – daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (hours subject to change dependent on weather)
Voie Fitness Center – daily, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.