Las Vegas is still in the middle of recovery mode. It’s been almost a year since the mass casino shutdowns and the city is working hard to promote tourism. Recently, Governor Steve Sisolak has begun to significantly ease back on the restrictions in Las Vegas.
This is seen as a key factor in boosting tourism rates in the city. Of course, everyone wants to ensure it is done in the safest way possible. Today, we’ll talk about how things are changing in Las Vegas right now.
Here’s what we know.
Las Vegas Airport Visits Are Still Down From 2020
Prior to 2020, the Las Vegas McCarran International Airport was one of the most-visited in the country. Millions of people would make the journey through this airport every single month. Then, in March of last year, tourism into Las Vegas came to a screeching halt.
The city’s tourism industry still has not fully recovered since this time. It took months for any significant number of visitors to return to Las Vegas. It’s been almost a year and the airport here continues to see year-on-year drops.
This past January, the Las Vegas airport saw just 1.5 million passengers making their way to and from the city. That is a large drop from the 4.1 million visitors seen in January of 2020. It’s not much of a surprise when considering the differences in world events between the two years.
Many are now looking at what will lead to a major increase in tourism. Casino companies have been trying hard to offer better rates to guests. These companies have also been implementing intense safety measures to make patrons feel as safe as possible.
Even the most informed analysts are unaware of when the city will completely return to normal. There are some very promising signs lately. It appears that Las Vegas is beginning to see an increase in visitors right now.
There are several reasons why this is. Many feel it is due to the recent rollback of safety restrictions throughout Nevada.
More Restrictions in Las Vegas are Being Removed
Las Vegas is known as one of the most exciting in the United States. Many of the laws and regulations in other parts of the country are not present here. Many flock to Las Vegas every year to take part in the festivities.
The safety regulations set in place here obviously took away from the care-free environment. There was nothing that city officials could do, though. Governor Sisolak was forced to implement many intense restrictions to cut down on infection rates.
These infection rates have been steadily dropping lately. As a result, Sisolak has been able to remove many of the restrictions in Las Vegas. It’s becoming clear that the city benefits from the removal of these rules.
“Mark my words: Nevada will be the safest place to have a convention or to come and visit. It will be safe for the tourists; it will be safe for the hotel operators and for employees and their families … We’re going to continue to have our numbers improve. We’re going to vaccinate as many people as we possibly can. And we’ll continue to open our economy back up,” Sisolak said in a recent interview. “If I’m going to take a vacation with my family — the people that I love the most — I’m going to go where I feel safe. I saw a picture of a Texas basketball game the other night. It was full, and nobody was wearing a mask. I mean, that’s not going to work.”
If all goes well, even more restrictions will be lifted beginning on March 15. This will allow almost all businesses in the city to operate at 50% capacity. Another successful run will allow even more lifting of restrictions beginning on May 1.
There is reason to be optimistic about the future of Las Vegas. We’ll be sure to offer more updates on restrictions and tourism rates over the next few weeks!
Are Nightclubs in Las Vegas Now Open?
There are more world-class nightclubs in Las Vegas than any other city in the country. On the Las Vegas Strip, in particular, a huge number of exciting nightlife venues are preparing to open back up. Some already have opened in a limited capacity.
Under the current restrictions, all traditional nightclubs are still unable to operate normally. Some of the clubs in the city have still managed to reopen by changing their operations. It’s a sort of loophole that these venues are taking advantage of.
Tao at The Venetian (which was recently sold by Las Vegas Sands) is now operating a sort of club experience called Tao Late Night. This runs from Saturday beginning at 10:30 pm. It will also be taking place on Fridays starting on March 19.
XS at Encore has also resumed a sort of nightclub experience. Late-night indoor and outdoor tables are now available on Friday and Saturday beginning at 10 pm. This venue plans to expand its operations later this month.
Based on the way things are moving, it won’t be long before nightclubs are able to resume their full operations. Many seem torn on this subject. Ultimately, however, these venues will be able to open when state officials deem that it is safe.
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