Caesars Palace, Flamingo First Caesars Entertainment Properties to Reopen; Free Self-Parking

Flamingo Hotel in Las VegasRecently, Caesar’s Entertainment Corp. announced that Caesars Palace would be the first of its 10 properties to reopen when the shutdown order is lifted hopefully within the new couple of weeks.

Now, the company is announcing that Flamingo will open alongside Caesars Palace, making for two of their properties that will see the light of day to start. It’s likely Caesars Entertainment took a hint from MGM Resorts International’s playbook, who will be opening two of their 10 Strip properties initially: the Bellagio and New York-New York.

We think it’s a smart move, giving guests two options to choose from to fit within different traveler’s budgets.

Caesars Entertainment Corp. also announced a sweet perk: It will be suspending its self-parking fees at its properties when they reopen. This is similar to announcement MGM Resorts made last week that free parking will be made available at every resort that reopens.

According to the company’s Thursday announcement, the two properties will comply with reopening directives and guidance provided by Gov. Sisolak, the Nevada Gaming Control Board and public health authorities.

Bookings are available on the company’s website starting May 29.

What Will Available at the Two Properties Once They Reopen?

The company’s news release advised that both Caesars Palace and Flamingo will have much of its traditional offerings available, under stringent social distancing guidelines.

That means that lodging, dining options, traditional gaming options such as slots and table games, and access to outdoor pools will be open to the public, but it will look different for a while.

Caesar’s Entertainment’s CEO, Tony Rodio, advised that the number of seats at card tables will be cut in half, going from six seats down to three. No other individuals outside of the table players will be allowed within six feet of them.

As far as social distancing for slot machines go, every other slot will be deactivated on the casino floor, with stools removed from the disabled slots. This is being done to discourage gamblers from lingering and hovering in those spots to comply with social distancing.

Caesar’s Other Reopening Measures

In a determined effort to provide the safest properties for returning staff and guests, Caesar’s Entertainment outlined their health and safety reopening protocols earlier this month.

While guests are being encouraged to comply with social distancing guidelines, and the casino floors being rearranged to support that, Caesar’s staff will be held to stricter requirements upon reopening.

Those requirements include daily temperature checks of employees and making sure that all staff wears face masks throughout their shift.

Rodio also announced that prior to returning to work, Caesar’s staff will be given a questionnaire to complete, which is being used to determine whether an employee has symptoms related to COVID-19, or if they’ve engaged in activities recently that would require a coronavirus testing.

Mass testing for casino employees went underway on Thursday at the Las Vegas Convention Center, with 4,000 daily tests expected to be administered. Caesar’s Entertainment Corp. and MGM Resort International employees are to make up the bulk of employees tested, as the two casino operators have a combined 150,000 hotel rooms between them.

Harrah’s and LINQ to Reopen Next

After Caesars Entertainment tests the waters with the reopening of Caesars Palace and Flamingo, they plan on opening Harrah’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino the LINQ Hotel & Casino’s gaming floor next.

According to the company, demand will determine how soon these properties will reopen, but it’s also expected that many of the LINQ Promenade’s retail and dining options will reopen soon too, as well as the High Roller Observation Wheel.

When Will Properties in Las Vegas Reopen?

As of today, state gambling regulators still haven’t given the green light to lift the Governor’s shutdown order, although casino operators continue to develop their reopening plans. Many Strip resorts are hoping for a reopening date of June 1.

Here’s what we know: Nevada is currently in Phase 1 of its reopening plan. That allowed for the reopening of retail stores, restaurants, barbershops, hair and nail salons, with the requirement of only operating at 50 percent capacity.

No bars at restaurants are allowed to operate or allow seating. In the same breath, other Vegas experiences such as buffets, shows, and valet parking are still suspended.

Gov. Sisolak advised that the state would monitor how well Nevada fares under Phase 1 over a 14-day period.

It entered into Phase 1 on May 9, which would technically mean May 23 would be the determining period to move onto the next phase, and hopefully that means the reopening of casinos.

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Currently, the state has over 7,255 positive coronavirus cases and 378 related deaths. However, there have been no significant increases in the number of daily cases, hospitalizations, or COVID-19-related deaths, which is what the Governor wanted to see in order to move the state along in its phased reopening plan.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board scheduled an information workshop, where it would listen to state and health officials’ readiness for reopening on May 26. Regulators have been requiring casino companies to submit their health and safety reopening plans. While some properties have come public with their reopening plans, the Control Board is allowed to keep that information private.

Stay Tuned

It’s good news that Caesars Entertainment Corp. decided to reopen another one of their other iconic properties to start.

Hearing more and more casino companies coming out with their reopening plans is a positive sign that reopening is just around the corner. It also gives returning guests a helpful insight into how seriously they’re taking reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic, and the confidence to come back.

What do you think about Caesar’s Entertainment reopening only two of their properties to start?

Share your thoughts with us below, and be sure to check back for the latest coronavirus coverage in Las Vegas.

Donny and Marie Osmond End Their Las Vegas Residency

One of the most popular Las Vegas residencies has just come to an end. Donny and Marie Osmond are ending their famous Las Vegas show. The duos’ final performance officially concluded on Saturday.

Donny and Marie Osmond

It’s been a long time coming for these iconic singers. Now is the perfect time to look back on their long-running show, and talk about some of the other ones still available in Las Vegas. Let’s get into it!

History of the “Donny and Marie” Las Vegas Show

As we’ve already mentioned, Donny and Marie Osmond have one of the most famous residencies in Las Vegas. Donny first gained fame in the 1970s as a teen idol. He took a break from music a few years later and stepped out of the public spotlight.

In the 90s, Donny resumed his music career.

In the mid-2000s, Marie Osmond was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars. In 2007, she teamed up with her brother Donny to begin performing at the iconic Flamingo Hotel. Initially, they agreed to a limited six-week engagement.

The pair had such a successful show that the Flamingo continued to extend their deal. “Donny and Marie” was a 90-minute show backed by eight dancers and a full band. Solo performances also take place during each show.

Incredibly, Donny and Marie Osmond continued to perform for more than eleven years. During their run, they gained numerous awards including the “Best Show” award by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

This past weekend, this show was held for the final time. It was an emotional night for the performers and fans who have followed them over the years.

Donnie and Marie Osmond Officially End their Residency

All good things must eventually come to an end. The “Donny and Marie” show was extended year after year and was considered by many to be one of the best performances in Las Vegas. Saturday marked the last time this show will ever take place.

Both singers had trouble at times. The reality that this was their last performance seemed to affect them both heavily.

“I don’t know how I’m going to get through this,” Donny said to the crowd. Marie also gave a tearful statement. “I’m gonna miss you guys the most,” she said to the band. “He can say all he wants about the crew and everything else, but I’m going to miss you. I love you.” 

Donny also took to Twitter to address his fans.

Fortunately, this may not be the last time that we hear from these two. Despite both being in their 60s, there’s a chance they will both continue to perform as solo artists. Marie is said to be creating a new show, perhaps even with a new partner.

Fortunately to visitors to this city, there are still some incredible shows available every single week.

More Las Vegas Shows You Need to Check Out

Las Vegas is known as the entertainment capital of the US. There are a huge number of fantastic shows taking place here throughout the year. The majority of them are absolutely fantastic.

One that many enjoy is the O by Cirque du Soleil. It takes place inside the Bellagio Hotel & Casino. It has fantastic reviews from critics and takes place every single day.

Recently, Lady Gaga also signed a two-year residency in Las Vegas. She is performing two shows, one of which is called Enigma and other called Jazz and Piano. Both have received great reviews.

Absinthe is another hugely popular show. It takes place inside Caesars Palace every other day. It’s a contemporary circus, described as “an uneasy cross between terrific variety acts and a stag party.”

There are always great shows taking place in Las Vegas. Make sure to check one out when you visit!