It’s coming up on close to two months where Las Vegas casinos have been shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.
What was originally aimed to be a reopening date of April 30th has since been pushed back, and will depend on the state meeting the requirements outlined in Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak’s phased reopening plan.
With that said, it seems like the state reopening is on the horizon, with many casino operators estimating a mid-May opening date through June 1. Casino operators are making reopening plans that are targeting different opening dates in May.
Announced Reopening Dates
The first casinos to announce tentative reopening dates were Wynn Las Vegas, Encore, and Treasure Island, saying they would tentatively reopen on May 15. They’ve since pushed back their projected dates to May 22.
The Venetian, who canceled all guest reservations through May 31, and Palazzo announced a less optimistic but more seemingly realistic date of June 1.
Other casinos are estimating a reopening date around the May 15 through June 1 ballpark as well.
Casinos Are Outlining Reopening Measures
With the notion of casinos reopening sometime soon, it’s causing casino operators everywhere to get serious about their reopening measures and enforce strict social distancing policies.
The state’s Gaming Control Board even recently released its health and safety policies for gaming operators. A big one being that each gaming area will be reduced to a 50% occupancy limit, which means no more than four at poker tables among other restrictions.
Other common policies include strict sanitation methods, coronavirus training for staff members, rearranging casino floors to support social distancing guidelines, thermal screenings on guests and staff, and more.
Shutdown Restrictions Are Beginning to Lift Across the Country
Outside of casinos reopening, the country is beginning to lift restrictions on many nonessential businesses such as the entertainment, retail, and food sector, as well as stay-at-home orders.
States that are lifting their stay-at-home orders by May 14 include Arizona, Louisiana, Washington D.C., Delaware, Nevada, Michigan, Vermont, New Mexico, and New York.
Travel Industry Steps Up Safety Procedures in Attempt to Revive Business
Many of the people who come to Las Vegas come via plane, but with confidence low in air travel right now amid the coronavirus outbreak, the travel industry has had to step up their safety procedures in an attempt to welcome frequent fliers back.
The U.S. Travel Association, the nation’s largest travel trade group, has also unveiled their enhanced cleaning and safety protocols to ease traveler’s worries.
Last week, the nation’s largest airlines announced that they will be requiring passengers to wear masks or similar face coverings during flights. Many of the largest carriers will also require that their air staff, including flight attendants and other employees, to wear masks as well.
On Monday, United, Delta, and JetBlue put the mask-wearing requirement into effect. Beginning May 11, American Airlines, Southwest, and Alaska Airlines will also put the masking requirement into effect.
When do you expect Las Vegas casinos to reopen?
And will you feel comfortable flying to Las Vegas when it does reopen, should airlines implement strict safety coronavirus protocols?
We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!