Sisolak Approves LV Casinos to Open on June 4th

Las Vegas is just a little over a week from getting back to some sense of normalcy. Earlier this week, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak approved plans to reopen many of the state’s major casinos. The current plan is for LV casinos to open on June 4th.

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Just about everyone in Nevada is anxious to see these gambling venues reopen. As most know, they provide a huge amount of money and jobs to the state. Today, we’re going to discuss which venues plan to reopen, and what this means for Nevada’s economy.

Let’s get into it!

Reopening the Casinos in Nevada Hasn’t Been Easy

Every state in the country has been economically affected by the new coronavirus spreading around the world. Some, obviously, are being hit harder than others. There are some that feel Nevada is being the worst-affected in terms of direct money and job loss.

Casinos in this state were forced to close down back in March. This instantly left hundreds of thousands of individuals without work. Many of the casino companies here also began losing millions of dollars each week.

Nevada’s tourism industry immediately came to a halt. That proved to be devastating for many of the restaurants in this city that rely on outside visitors. It’s easy to see how so many businesses started to suffer due to the shutdown of major casino-resorts.

Carolyn Goodman, the mayor of Las Vegas, controversially called for the city to start opening up weeks ago. Governor Sisolak didn’t budge, and continued to tell the media it was too early. Residents around the city eagerly awaited news on what was to come.

Now, it appears state officials feel things are safe enough to finally open back up. Many of the biggest casino-resorts are expected to open their doors next week. Here’s what we know about this situation.

Governor Sisolak Gives Green Light For LV Casinos to Open

Forcing all of the casinos in Las Vegas to close was completely unprecedented. Never before has this taken place in this city. It’s likely that most felt doing so would be impossible. For the past couple of months, the focus has been on getting back to normal.

Governor Sisolak has been cautious in allowing the state’s casinos to start accepting guests again. That’s perfectly understandable, as these venues are easy places for a contagious respiratory virus to spread. Sisolak seems content with the safety measures set in place and has given the green light for LV casinos to open their doors on June 4th.

Josh Swissman, one of the founders of The Strategy Organization, believes that opening back up will be a learning process for many of the casino companies here.

“Once their doors re-open on the 4th, operators are going to learn so much from those critical first few hours and days,” he said. “There will undoubtedly be tweaks and fine-tuning made to their re-opening procedures as a result of what they will see. Marketers should be watching visitation volume and guest behavior closely, and should look to pivot quickly if changes to their marketing plans need to be made.”

Not all of the casinos in Las Vegas are going to open back up at once. It will be a slow process and companies will look to slowly figure out what works and what doesn’t. The important thing will be to encourage social distancing on the casino floor.

Which Las Vegas Casinos Will Open Up Next Month?

The casino industry in Las Vegas is the biggest in the country. More than 40 million people flock to this city every year to enjoy the entertainment and gambling options available. With Sisolak’s approval for LV casinos to open next month, many of the major casino companies are gearing up to start accepting guests.

Caesars Palace and The Flamingo are scheduled to be the first casino-resorts to reopen. These venues will be accepting guests starting on June 4th. These venues will offer free parking and plan to open many of their restaurants, pools, and casino options.

MGM Resorts International claims that New York-New York and The Bellagio will be their first properties to reopen. A specific opening date for these venues has not been officially revealed.

Wynn Resorts has just recently announced that both of its Las Vegas properties will reopen to the public on June 4th.

“We are ready to provide our guests with a full Las Vegas experience with a collection of luxury amenities and unmatched service,” Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox told the media. “The entire Wynn team is looking forward to welcoming our guests back.”

If all goes according to plan, all of the casinos in Nevada will start accepting guests next month. Hope is that enough tourists begin flocking to Las Vegas to keep these properties profitable.

Stay tuned for more Las Vegas casino news over the next few weeks!

NV Governor Sisolak Aims for June 4 Reopening Date for Casinos

Las Vegas Strip at NightIt’s now officially been two weeks since Nevada has been in Phase 1 of its reopening plan, which it entered in on May 9.

Governor Sisolak advised that coronavirus data trends, including the number of daily positive cases, hospitalizations, and COVID-19-related deaths, would be monitored over the 14-day period to determine whether Nevada would be able to enter into Phase 2.

So far, so good it seems. The Silver State hasn’t seen any significant jumps in coronavirus reports, paving the way for Nevada to fully reopen as things stand now.

On May 26, Sisolak is set to hold a press conference discussing Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan, as well as a reopening date for Nevada’s gaming industry. The Nevada Gaming Control Board will also hold an information workshop then discussing COVID-19 health and safety response measures for casino-hotels.

Before casinos are able to reopen, the Control Board needs at least seven days to review reopening plans from Nevada properties.

But this is great news for the state’s gaming industry, after a two-month-long shutdown, Nevada casinos finally have an end in sight. Sisolak says the state aims to have casinos statewide reopened by June 4.

Casinos are Eager and Ready to Return

The tentative reopening date has been a long time coming for Nevada casinos, who have been preparing for the day they get the green light to reopen for the past few weeks.

A majority of the companies in Las Vegas have been opening booking dates since Mid-May, with some of them accepting reservations for Memorial Day Weekend, a date they hoped they would get to reopen.

Many casinos have had to remain flexible with their booking dates, opening up booking dates just in case they were allowed to reopen, only to cancel them later when they didn’t actually get the green light.

But preparing to reopen has kept them busy enough until they get the official announcement from Gov. Sisolak. Resorts have been carefully developing their reopening plans, including a hefty list of specific health and safety protocols to ensure their properties are ready enough to welcome back guests and staff.

“It’s been a long two months for us. It’s been a long two months for everyone in the state, but we’re ready to go back to business in Nevada,” said Boyd Gaming Corp. spokesman David Strow.

Strip resorts are ready to finally open their doors, and for properties like Wynn Resorts, they’re looking forward to working with regulators to open safely and on time. The mass testing of casino employees officially went underway last Thursday, to prepare for casinos reopening.

According to Wynn Resorts spokesman Michael Weaver, the company applauds the Nevada governor for his targeted June 4 reopening date.

Weaver says Sisolak’s careful, science-based approach to shutting down casinos and halting tourism to stop the spread of the coronavirus is what has effectively enabled the state to finally open its economy back up, avoiding what could have been a possible catastrophe and an even longer lockdown period.

Tourists are Ready to Return, Too

With the whole country on lockdown practically these past two months too, the cabin fever has many ready to return to the city of lights. And while the virus is still an ever-present concern, Strip casinos are doing everything they can to make guests feel confident to return to their properties.

Their new safety protocols include everything from thermal screenings or entrants and ensuring that all staff members wear face masks, to rearranging casino floors to support social distancing and the careful monitoring of HVAC systems to name a few.

Combine these publicized reopening plans with the eagerness of the public to finally get out of the house and “return to normal”, and now you have Las Vegas in the prime position to welcome back guests at a more opportune time.

One frequent visitor from Fresco, CA, Virginia Allegra, says she plans to come back to Las Vegas as soon as it reopens. She’s so eager to return, in fact, that she’s already rebooked six separate reservations with MGM Resorts. The re-bookings were due to the company’s tentative reopening dates being pushed back several times this month.

Another frequent visitor from California, Joann Woodward, a nurse practitioner from Downey, says she plans on returning in mid-June, in order to give casino companies enough time to work out their new reopening measures.

And while she’s a nurse, she says she feels pretty safe in casinos.

“I’m a nurse practitioner, I already wash my hands 40, 50 times a day. I’m not going to shake hands with anybody or hug them,” Woodward added.

Control Board Holds a Lot of Weight in Decision to Officially Reopen

In Sisolak’s Thursday announcement of the tentative June 4 reopening date for Nevada’s gaming industry, he explained that the official decision to reopen is dependent on the evaluation of the state’s COVID-19 trends, and the Nevada Gaming Control Board’s meeting results.

The Governor should be provided with enough information to feel confident about his decision to reopen June 4 with the Control Board’s information workshop, plus positive COVID-19 state trends, should they continue to remain steady and not significantly increase.

Should the early June reopening date hold firm, it will allow casinos across the state at least two weeks to prepare.

That should hopefully give properties enough time to remobilize their workforce, iron out reopening measures, and begin marketing and promotional blasts to get guests back to their doors.

“It’ll be good to see the energy and the jobs and the life come back to the Strip, even under these unusual circumstances,” said Brendan Bussmann, director of government affairs for Las Vegas-based Global Market Advisors LLC.

Reopening Announcement Came Soon After NV’s Unemployment Numbers Were Disclosed

Gov. Sisolak’s tentative reopening date announcement came on the heels of disclosing the state’s shocking unemployment rate: 28.2 percent.

According to targetable data, that’s the highest unemployment rate of any state in any month since 1976. The rate is so high that even local economists are alarmed by it.

While the numbers are shocking, it’s no surprise that a state that’s largely dependent on tourism and gaming, two industries that were knocked flat on their back by the coronavirus pandemic, has been impacted in the way that it has been.

Jeremy Aguero, an economist with Applied Analysis, says that reviving Nevada’s gaming industry will likely be the driving force in bringing the state’s economy back to life.

“It’s an important first step in pushing our economy forward, getting our economy back to where it was previously,” Aguero said. “There’s a great deal of uncertainty, but we’re taking steps to open all facets of our economy, and that’s exactly what needs to be done.”

Reopening Must be Done Successfully to Avoid Second Wave of the Virus

The Governor has been understandably plagued by his decision to reopen the state at the right time.

There’s obviously a lot that’s weighing on his decision, but no bigger issues than the health of the public and the health of the economy.

For one, the economy and livelihood of industry workers are dependent on the gaming industry reopening. It would mean that thousands of Nevadans could return to work and that the state could start generating sizable income again.

But on the other hand, the health and safety of the public in the face of the deadly coronavirus has been paramount in the decisions that have been made up to this point. The reopening needs to happen at the right time, at the right time, to avoid potentially running into a second wave of the virus.

That’s been a major reason why the decision to reopen has been solely dependent on the state’s COVID-19 trends. If reopening happened prematurely, it could have exacerbated the number of COVID-19 cases, and effectively sent the state back into lockdown.

Sisolak has been clear that that’s a situation he’s been trying to avoid from happening since the state of all this.

Stay Tuned

After what feels like months of waiting for a specific reopening date, the state finally has one.

It feels like there’s finally a light at the end of this long COVID-19 tunnel, and while we know it will take some time for Las Vegas to thrive like it did before this virus hit, we’re ecstatic that it will get to reopen soon.

What do you think of the state’s tentative June 4 reopening date? Will you be returning once casinos open up their doors? Share with us in the comments below!

Be sure to check back for the latest coronavirus coverage in Las Vegas.

Calls to Ban Smoking in Las Vegas Casinos Continue

It appears we’re just a few weeks from seeing casinos in Las Vegas reopen to the public. When these gaming venues open, however, they won’t look quite the same you might remember. Recently, requests to ban smoking in Las Vegas casinos have escalated.Holding A Cigarette

Many have asked for the major casino-resorts in Las Vegas to prohibit smoking for years. Due to the current health concerns, this may actually happen in 2020. Today, we’re going to look at what may lead to this major change.

Let’s get into it!

Major Las Vegas Casinos Plan to Reopen in June

It’s been months since all of the casinos in Las Vegas closed their doors. Governor Sisolak feared that keeping these venues would result in a surge of new Covid-19 cases in Clark County. After two months, infection rates have remained fairly low and state leaders are now looking to reopen the economy.

Casino companies in this state have been asking for permission to reopen since March. These closures have cost these companies millions of dollars every day. It’s also cost hundreds of thousands of individuals their jobs.

Fortunately, things are about to improve. Not long ago, Nevada’s Gaming Commission formally approved a set of guidelines that casino companies can use to reopen their venues. It was exactly what was needed for these companies to set an opening date.

Many of the city’s top casino-resorts now plan to open their doors next month. The Venetian, for example, plans to accept guests starting on June 1st. Several of MGM Resorts’ properties including the New York-New York Hotel-Casino and The Bellagio are also opening their doors in early June.

There will be strict measures set in place here to protect staff and guests. Everyone wants to ensure that casinos open up in the safest way possible. Interestingly, anti-smoking advocates are now calling for the gambling venues in Las Vegas to finally make a major change.

Health Professionals Call for a Ban on Smoking in Las Vegas Casinos

Las Vegas is known for having some of the most relaxed laws in the United States. That includes allowing smoking inside major casino-resorts. In recent years, many health officials have called for an end to this law, claiming it puts casino staff and non-smoking gamblers at risk.

Many have pushed against the idea to ban smoking in Las Vegas casinos, though. As many know, Las Vegas is known for the freedom that it offers visitors. Some believe that prohibiting cigarette smoking inside casinos would result in a decrease in tourism.

Now may be the time this smoking is finally banned. A new coronavirus is spreading around the country that’s known to attack the human respiratory system. Health experts have already claimed that smokers are at a much greater risk of death if infected with Covid-19.

For obvious reasons, many feel that smoking should no longer be allowed inside casinos. Anne Macincone, an associate professor of medicine in the Center for Lung Biology at the University of Washington, claims smoking can help to spread viruses and doesn’t understand how it can be done with the mask protocol set in place.

“Smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke can be respiratory irritants that can lead to coughing, and potentially spread of infection,” Macincone said. 

Just about everyone agrees that allowing smoking in casinos causes health problems for staff and patrons. That’s more true now than ever. Don’t expect any of the city officials to stop this from happening anytime soon, though.

Is 2020 the Year That LV Casinos Prohibit Smoking?

It’s unlikely. As we’ve already mentioned, this isn’t the first time that many health officials have asked for a ban on smoking in Las Vegas casinos. Last year, reports surfaced that shows some of the health issues casino workers are suffering from simply from being inside these gaming venues.

That isn’t enough for casino officials to make a change. Historically speaking, a ban on smoking results in a serious loss of customers for casinos. Several casinos have prohibited smoking over the past few decades and almost all of them saw their revenue drop considerably.

Casino companies have serious power in cities like Las Vegas. It’s unlikely that any of the city officials will put an end to smoking without the blessing of these companies. Anything is possible, though.

We’re in the middle of a global pandemic and public safety is being considered now more than ever before. There’s a chance that casinos will recognize the risks that smoking presents and will decide to ban it. Some even feel casinos will have dedicated smoking areas, perhaps even contained in a single room.

The push to ban smoking in Las Vegas casinos continues. As of now, however, the major casino-resorts have not decided to make any changes. We’ll need to see how this situation plays out over the next few months.

Do you think casinos should ban smoking? Will this happen sometime in 2020? Let us know in the comments section below!

You May Not Need to Pay Taxes on Casino Jackpots

As the days go on, more casinos around the United States are beginning to open back up. The American Gaming Association is now working to change the requirements set on gamblers to pay taxes on casino jackpots. If all goes according to plan, US casinos will only report jackpot winnings above $5,000.

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Many feel this is long overdue. Since 1977, any casino winnings over $1,200 have needed to be reported as taxable income. 2020 might be the year that this changes.

Let’s take a look at what the AGA has planned.

The US Casino Industry is Coming Back to Life

Prior to March, the land-based casino industry in the United States was thriving. Over the past two months, however, this industry has been struggling to stay alive. Fortunately, things may be starting to rebound.

Every single state is now beginning to lift its restrictions. Some have officially begun allowing their casinos to reopen. That includes Louisiana, where some of the biggest casino-resorts in the state will soon reopen to the public.

In some parts of the country, casinos are opening up without the blessing of state leaders. In California, for example, many Native American-run casinos have already opened their doors. These venues sit on sovereign land and do not need to abide by state regulations.

Some states are taking their time allowing casinos to open up again. Nevada is not allowing this to happen until specific safety measures are set in place. Based on what’s being said, the majority casino-resorts in Las Vegas will begin opening back up in June.

For many casino companies, reopening gaming venues is a complete necessity. Some may not last very long unless their casinos start operating again. It’s still not entirely clear how much revenue the US casino industry will manage to generate over the next few months.

Now, one of the most powerful gambling groups in the country is asking the government to make a major change.

Gamblers May No Longer Need to Pay Taxes on Casino Jackpots Below $5,000

As most casino gamblers already know, anyone with jackpot winnings above $1,200 needs to be given a W-2G tax form. These winnings are considered taxable income. For many years, the American Gaming Association has called for the Treasury Department to change this so that only winnings above $5,000 are taxed.

Officials within this group claim that, when adjusted for inflation, $1,200 back in 1977 amounts to about $5,000 today. They also believe that requiring such a small amount of money to be taxed causes unnecessary burdens on the IRS. Bill Miller, President and CEO of the AGA, spoke about this situation to the media this week.

“As the gaming industry safely reopens and seeks to return to financial health, one critical area of regulatory reform the administration should consider is modernizing the $1,200 slot jackpot reporting threshold, which has been in place since 1977,” Miller said. “The current threshold is outdated and imposes significant compliance burdens on both the Internal Revenue Service and the gaming industry.” 

This change is apparently being supported by many members of Congress. The Trump Administration, currently looking at new ways to save the Federal Government money, also seems to support this idea. It may end up helping the casino industry more than we realize.

The AGA has asked for a change to the way people pay taxes on casino jackpots for years. Now, it appears this decision will be approved. We’ll give an update on what casino companies feel about these proposed regulations over the next few weeks.

Las Vegas Casinos Prepare to Open in June

All parts of the US have been affected by the spread of the new coronavirus. From an economic standpoint, Las Vegas is one of the worst-hit areas. This city has been essentially shut down for months and hundreds of thousands of residents have been left without work.

Las Vegas relies heavily on its tourism and gambling industries. Unfortunately, both have been shut down since March. All of the casinos here are closed and tourism is at an all-time low.

Everyone recognizes that something needs to change. Nevada is set to enter into Phase 2 of reopening soon and the current plan is for casinos in the state to begin reopening in June. That includes venues such as The Venetian and The Bellagio.

Some travel experts believe now may be the perfect time to visit Las Vegas. That may be even more true if gamblers aren’t required to pay taxes on casino jackpots below $5,000. No one knows how things will turn out over the summer, yet casino companies are doing everything they can to attract more visitors to Las Vegas.

Do you think the AGA’s new plan makes sense? Are you planning to visit Las Vegas anytime soon? Let us know in the comments section below!

Here’s What Caesars Palace Will Look Like After Reopening

Casinos across Nevada are gearing up to reopen. It’s exciting news, yet some have concerns that these casinos will not offer the same fun atmosphere that was available just a few months ago. Today, we’re going to discuss what Caesars Palace will look like once it begins accepting guests again.

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According to several reports, Caesars will resume normal operations next month. In fact, many casino-resorts in Las Vegas will open up in June. It’s great news for this city, which has lost an incredible amount of revenue in March and April.

Here’s what we know about the reopening of Caesars.

Nevada Will Soon Enter Into Phase 2 of Reopening

Almost all states around the country are beginning to reopen. Some have been quicker to do so than others. In Georgia, for example, most businesses are now able to freely operate. In California, however, much of the entire state remains in lockdown.

Nevada has been fairly slow to reopen. Since March, all of the casinos in this state have been completely closed down. As many know, crowded casinos are perfect places for a virus to spread. Closing these gambling venues down has resulted in a huge number of job losses and millions in lost revenue.

According to new reports, Nevada is likely to enter into phase two of its reopening this weekend. The state economy continues to suffer and everyone wants to see things get back on track. That’s exactly what will happen during phase two.

This plan allows for “broader opening of commerce/retail, services and public life under extremely strict social distancing measures, hygiene and occupancy controls.” Interestingly, this plan does not specify which businesses will be allowed to reopen. It will consist of several stages and will last for weeks.

Casinos are expected to start reopening next month. Testing has improved in the state and many now feel that major casino-resorts can safely start to accept guests again. That includes Caesars Palace, one of the biggest and best gambling venues in Las Vegas.

Officials Offer an Update On What Caesars Palace Will Look Like Next Month

Caesars Palace first opened its doors back in 1966. It’s gone through several major renovations over the years. Many still consider it one of the best casino-resorts in the world. As we mentioned earlier, Caesars Palace has been closed to the public since March.

It’s been an incredibly unusual time for the owners of this venue. Sean McBurney, the general manager of this hotel-casino, spoke about the situation to Yahoo News this week.

“The first time walking through the hotel lobby and walking down Colosseum Way and not seeing anybody, it was spooky,” McBurney said. “You know, this is a property [that] since 1966 has had tens of thousands of people walking through it each and every day. To go from tens of thousands of people walking through it every single day to maybe 15, most of those are security, is surreal.” 

The current plan is for Caesars Palace to open back up in June. McBurney went on to claim that certain parts of the hotel would open up as soon as demand was there. He then gave a more clear picture of what Caesars Palace will look like over the next few months.

Caesars’ casino floor will be open, yet social distancing will be mandatory. Staff will be required to wear masks. Guests will be highly encouraged to do so. It’s not entirely clear when The Forum Shops will reopen to the public.

For the next few months, guests will stay inside the Augustus Tower. Reservations are already available. Hope is that enough tourists decide to visit and gamble here to help make up for the monetary losses over the past few months.

What Else is Opening Up in Nevada Next Month?

Nevada residents are extremely excited to hear that things are beginning to reopen. For many, it’s crucial that things begin to change. Hundreds of thousands of people in Las Vegas have been left without work due to the casino closures.

It’s unclear what businesses will open back up during phase two. According to new reports, bans on large gatherings won’t be lifted until phase three.

Restaurants will be allowed to slowly reopen over the next two months. They will almost certainly be required to limit capacity. It’s becoming clear that a huge number of restaurants in this state will ultimately be forced to close down permanently.

It’s a very unusual time for this state. Casinos are being allowed to open earlier than many other businesses in the state. Casino companies are simply desperate to get back on track before it’s too late.

We’re just beginning to hear more about what Caesars Palace will look like once it reopens to the public. Things will certainly be different, yet some are just happy to see things getting back on track. We’ll need to wait and see how much tourism the city begins to see next month.

Are you excited to see Caesars open back up? Do you think it’s smart to visit Las Vegas right now? Let us know in the comments section below.

Gov. Sisolak: Reopening NV in a ‘Safe Manner’ is Top Priority

Governor Steve SisolakWhile many Nevadans are eager to return their normal lives pre-coronavirus, Gov. Steve Sisolak is taking a measured, safe approach to reopening the state.

On last Saturday, May 9, Nevada entered into Phase 1 of its reopening plan which allowed retail businesses, restaurants, barbershops, hair and nail salons to finally open their doors after being shuttered for nearly two months.

The reopening of those sectors came with some restrictions, as to be expected, which include strict social distancing guidelines and allowing only 50 percent occupancy, per the local fire code. The state is expected to stay in Phase 1 for two weeks.

But while this is a good start to officially reopening Nevada, some think it’s not soon enough. Despite conflicting opinions, Sisolak is set on reopening the Silver State in the safest possible manner.

“We will be evaluating when it is safe to move into the second phase. Our goal is to continue reopening Nevada in a safe manner. What we do now will determine what we can do next,” Sisolak said.

Two Weeks Needed to Measure Phase 1 Before Moving to Next Phase

As outlined in Sisolak’s reopening plan, a recorded steady rate or decline of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations must be seen before the state can determine that it’s safe to move onto the next phase. State officials need to see a full two weeks of results from Phase 1 to gauge its impact and consider whether easing more restrictions is the right move.

According to Sisolak, Nevada has seen a 20-day decline in positive COVID-19 test results, dropping 3 percent in positive readings from 12 to 9 percent. Currently, Nevada has 6,600 positive coronavirus cases and 339 related deaths.

The aggressive action to shut down casinos statewide was done to help contain the virus. Gov. Sisolak and his team of experts assured Nevadans that it was an effective move and one that prevented the number of cases in Nevada from reaching the tens of thousands.

While the downward trajectory of the daily rate of positive cases looks promising, Sisolak says it’s still possible that negative data could cause the state to roll back some of the re-openings. And, there’s still no definitive date as to when casinos can reopen.

Memorial Day Weekend Reopening Unlikely

Around 35 properties started accepting reservations for Memorial Day Weekend, including Treasure Island and Wynn Resorts. With past trends, the holiday would be an ideal time for Las Vegas to return, especially with the large percentage of visitors that come into town from Southern California.

Should rooms book up for the Memorial Day holiday weekend and casinos still aren’t given the green light to reopen, the properties will likely inform guests of the cancellations and issue any refunds that are due.

Restaurants in Casinos Allowed to Operate

In an unexpected twist, the announcement of Phase 1 restaurant re-openings also means that restaurants in casinos are allowed to reopen, too. That might seem off-putting, given the fact that casinos are still closed.

But while restaurants in casinos are allowed to reopen, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they will. Allowing restaurants in casinos to reopen while casinos are to remain closed poses many logistical and economic challenges.

According to experts, it just might not be the smartest move for many casino operators. Amanda Belarmino, assistant professor of strategic management at UNLV, says reopening restaurants in casinos that aren’t set up for street access could pose a big challenge in keeping people from roaming inside of hotel-casinos that are closed to the public.

However, Belarmino says some Strip casinos have the type of set up that could make this work, given the current restrictions.

Restaurants and other industry sectors that were allowed to reopen weren’t really given any advance notice, so even though they can technically open right now, it will take some time figuring out how to make their operations work again amid reopening during the pandemic.

According to the Governor, the state Gaming Control Board’s decision to allow restaurants to reopen in gaming establishments was mainly done to support rural communities in Nevada whose only option for restaurant establishments exist within gaming establishments.

Testing Ramps Up in Nevada

With the data of testing instrumental in determining how Nevada moves throughout its phased reopening plan, it was important for Sisolak to get testing ramped up throughout the state.

Across the state, almost 2,500 people are being tested for coronavirus daily. The Orleans recently set up a drive-thru testing site on the first floor of its parking garage for all comers to get tested. A few Walmart locations across the valley have also begun offering COVID-19 testing in its parking lots as well.

According to health officials, there have been 85,791 tests conducted on 72,146 people.

Just last week, the state conducted 17,000 coronavirus tests, averaging out to a daily total of close to 2,500 a day. Now, Sisolak says, the state has the testing capabilities to meet the goal it set of performing 4,000 tests a day.

Sisolak argued that people have to go and get tested, and is strongly encouraging them to do so, especially with the testing capacity increased.

The Virus is Still Here, Nevadans Must Continue to Take It Seriously

Governor Sisolak continues to praise those Nevadans who are taking social distancing guidelines seriously, saying that they’ve saved lives by doing so. He also commented on reopened businesses that are not acting in compliance with the CDC’s guidelines of social distancing.

“Unfortunately, their negligence puts Nevadans at risk, so there will be repercussions as a result of that,” Sisolak said. “We must all continue to take this virus seriously. We know this virus is not gone. We’ve made progress, but the virus is here.”

Stay Tuned

For the Nevada Governor, it seems the old adage “Slow and steady wins the race” will be the pace Nevada needs to follow if it wants to reopen safely and successfully.

We know that it’s not just Nevadans who are eager for the state to open back up, but visitors who will be coming from out of town.

When do you think casinos will reopen in Las Vegas? Do you agree with Governor Sisolak’s measured approach? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Be sure to check back for more coronavirus coverage, and as always, stay safe until we meet again!

NV Gaming Commission Approves New Casino Guidelines

The debate over whether or not it’s time for casinos in Las Vegas to start reopening rages on. In the meantime, state leaders are beginning to review specific plans to safely allow gambling venues to open. To the surprise of some, the NV Gaming Commission officially approved the new casino guidelines presented earlier this month.

Stamp Of Approval

Everyone knows the risks involved with opening casinos. If these venues remain closed for much longer, however, cities like Las Vegas may never look the same. Today, we’re going to look at exactly what casinos need to do in order to reopen.

Let’s get into it!

Nevada Officially Set to Begin Phase One Of Reopening

For nearly two months, almost the entire country was essentially shut down. As time goes on and Covid-19 infection rates begin to drop, some states are now beginning to open back up. Most are choosing to do so slowly in order to prevent a major spike in cases.

Nevada’s leaders have been hesitant to start reopening the state. Governor Steve Sisolak has repeatedly stated he’s unwilling to put the public’s safety at risk. Not everyone has been on board with the Governor’s strategy, though. Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman has continued to call for businesses to reopen.

The effect of closing down casinos is clear. Tourism has completely stopped coming into Nevada. Revenue in Las Vegas is lower than it’s been, and hundreds of thousands of residents employed in the gambling industry have been left without work.

Earlier this week, Governor Sisolak announced that phase one of the state’s reopening process would begin on Saturday, May 9th. Many businesses will slowly begin to open their doors. This does not include casinos.

Nevada’s Gaming Commission has been reviewing specific plans for casinos to start accepting patrons again. State leaders want to ensure that this is done in as safe a way as possible. It now appears this group is happy with the safety plans recently presented. We may see casinos open here quicker than many predicted.

Gaming Commission Has Approved NV’s New Casino Guidelines

The land-based casino industry has been one of the hardest-hit in the country. Every single casino has been closed. Some companies, including several based in Las Vegas, have been losing millions of dollars every single day due to these regulations.

Officials in Nevada realize how important it is to get these casinos up and running. If done too quickly, however, things could go wrong fast. For that reason, the Nevada Gaming Commission has been looking for specific ways for casinos to protect their employees and patrons.

Earlier this week, the NV Gaming Control Board released a seven-page document that details how casinos can safely reopen. The document was then forwarded to the Gaming Commission. This week, Nevada’s Gaming Commission officially approved the new casino guidelines being proposed.

That includes casino capacity to be cut in half, limiting the number of players on slots and table games, and strict cleaning procedures. These rules will now be applied to the more than 400 casinos spread around the state. Sandra Morgan, a Chairwoman for the Gaming Control Board, is confident these measures will help keep things as safe as possible.

“These are unprecedented times that require unprecedented measures,” she said. “We are confident that these policies are sound, not only for our licensees, but for our employees and guests.”

It’s still not clear when exactly casinos in Nevada will open their doors. With the new casino guidelines now approved by the Gaming Commission, it may be sometime next month. Governor Sisolak is likely to comment on the plans early next week.

More States Begin Preparing to Reopen Casinos

Many states around the country have large and successful casino industries. With casinos shut down, many of these states are losing an incredible amount of money every day. It’s no surprise that so many are now focused on ways to reopen their gambling venues.

Some parts of the country already have plans to allow casinos to reopen casinos. That includes Arkansas, which will allow casinos to resume limited operations on May 18th. Strict social distancing measures will be set in place at these venues.

Atlantic City has taken a major hit due to its casino shutdown. Revenue here has continued to plummet. A city commissioner even told the media that the city may not be able to survive if the current regulations remain in place.

Fortunately, things may finally begin to improve here. Several major hotel-casinos in the city are starting to accept reservations for June 1st. Many are hopeful that New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy allows these venues to reopen by that date.

With the new casino guidelines in Nevada now approved, many other states are likely to follow suit. We’ll need to wait and see where tourism numbers stand once Las Vegas starts getting back to normal.

Are you happy to see the casino safety measures approved in Nevada? When do you think gambling venues are able to open here? Let us know in the comments section below.

Culinary Union Asks for NV’s Casino Plans to Be Made Public

Nevada continues to bleed money due to the statewide casino shutdown. Over the past few weeks, state leaders have discussed ways to open these casinos back up. This week, one of the most powerful unions in the state began asking for NV’s casino plans to be made public.Las Vegas Street View

Just about everyone wants to see casinos in this state reopen. Most agree, however, that these gaming venues will not look the same way they did before this pandemic. Today, we’re going to discuss what Nevada’s leaders have planned.

Let’s get into it!

Governor Sisolak Refuses to Say When Casinos Will Reopen

Cases of Covid-19 continue to increase all around the country. Some states are beginning to see their infection rates drop. Others are beginning to see cases increase rapidly. Nevada still has a relatively low number of cases, yet it remains one of the hardest-hit states due to this global pandemic.

Like all other states, Nevada was forced to close down its non-essential businesses in March. That includes all of the casinos in the state. Closing down these businesses has taken an incredible toll on cities like Las Vegas.

Gambling revenue has completely stopped flowing in here. Tourism is also at an all-time low. Hundreds of thousands of individuals employed in the casino industry have recently been forced to file for unemployment.

It’s no surprise that many are now demanding that the state’s casinos open back up. Obviously, this is easier said than done. These venues pose a serious risk for infection spread. Governor Steve Sisolak is unable to say when casinos in Nevada will be able to open their doors again.

Not long ago, Sisolak decided to extend the state’s stay-at-home order. He is still reviewing several different plans to reopen casinos here safely. Recently, a major union involved in the gambling industry started asking for NV’s casino plans to open back up.

Culinary Union Wants NV’s Casino Plans to Be Made Public

The effect of closing down casinos in Nevada is apparent. Many residents here are hurting, either directly or indirectly, due to these shutdowns. Many are still torn on whether or not it’s time to start opening these casinos back up, though.

Many Nevada residents realize that opening casinos back up too early could pose a serious public health risk. With that being said, many rely on these venues for work. Now, the Culinary Union is asking for NV’s casino plans to be released to the public.

The Nevada Culinary Union is one of the most powerful unions in the state. It represents a huge number of casino workers and is focused on getting back to normal in the safest way possible. Union officials now believe that the state’s plans to open casinos need to be made public in order to instill public confidence.

Geoconda Argüello-Kline, secretary-treasurer of Culinary Local 226 in Las Vegas, released a statement about this situation.

“The Culinary union urges the Nevada Gaming Commission to incorporate our proposed public health guidelines as a minimum standard in evaluating licensees’ individual plans,” Argüello-Kline said. “In addition, we ask the Nevada Gaming Commission to release publicly all reopening plans submitted by Nevada gaming operators, so the public can have confidence that the Nevada gaming industry is taking all necessary actions to ensure worker and guest safety during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”

The State Gaming Control Board isn’t legally required to release NV’s casino plans. If the group decided to keep this information private, the Culinary Union claims it will ask the Governor to release the plans. It’s unclear whether or not Sisolak would grant this request.

What Will Nevada Casinos Look Like Once They Open?

No one can really say when casinos in Nevada will be able to fully open again. Some analysts predict they will begin to accept guests sometime next month. These venues won’t look the same as they did earlier this year, though.

Casino companies will be legally required to set many safety measures to protect employees and patrons. There are several different ways casinos hope to achieve this. Things like social distancing at tables, requiring everyone to wear a mask, and having thermal cameras in casinos to detect those with fevers are a few possibilities.

Some of NV’s casino plans also call for glass barriers to be installed on table games. A glass wall will also separate the dealers from the bettors. This has not been officially approved, though, and its efficacy is still unknown.

No one can really say how long casinos will look differently. It’s also difficult to predict how implementing these measures will affect tourism once Las Vegas opens up. It’s an incredibly unusual situation that Nevada and the entire country currently finds itself in.

If the Culinary Union has its way, NV’s casino plans will be made public. We’ll need to wait and see how the Gaming Control Board and Governor Sisolak respond to this request.

Stay tuned for more Nevada casino news over the next few weeks!

The Blackstone Group Continues to Invest Money in Las Vegas

Most of Las Vegas is still shut down. All casino companies here are currently losing a huge amount of money and it’s unclear when any gaming venues here will be allowed to open up again. Interestingly, The Blackstone Group continues to invest money into this city.Blackstone Group Logo

This company has already put a huge amount of money into this city. It appears The Blackstone Group now sees an opportunity with the current situation Las Vegas finds itself in. Today, we’re going to look at some of the recent investments Blackstone Group is making into the Las Vegas market.

Let’s get into it!

Governor Sisolak Extends Nevada’s Stay-At-Home Orders

It’s been more than a month since all of the casinos in Nevada closed down. It should come as no surprise to hear this is taking a serious toll on the state economy. Cities such as Las Vegas, for example, are losing an incredible amount of revenue right now.

Las Vegas casinos help to bring the state major revenue every month. This gambling industry also employs thousands of people. With casinos now closed down, the vast majority of these workers are now left without a job.

Many have questioned how long Governor Sisolak would force these businesses to remain shut down. There’s a statewide stay-at-home order set in place that some have criticized. Even the Mayor of Las Vegas has called for the city to reopen again.

This week, Sisolak announced that he plans to extend the state’s stay-at-home order. It’s a decision that is likely to frustrate casino companies. With that being said, most health experts feel that Las Vegas is not ready to completely open up once again.

Some casinos are still preparing to open back up. With the Governor’s new decision, this is unlikely to happen anytime soon. That isn’t stopping some major investment firms from putting money into Las Vegas, though.

The Blackstone Group Invests Millions Into Crown Resorts

There’s a good chance you’ve heard of The Blackstone Group before. This company has pushed hard into Las Vegas over the past decade. It now owns several major casino-resorts throughout the city.

Not long ago, this company purchased the Bellagio Las Vegas for an astounding $4 billion. Prior to that, it bought the Cosmopolitan for $1.7 billion. Blackstone Group even bought the MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay in a joint venture for $4.6 billion.

This week, news broke that this company purchased a $360 million stake in Crown Resorts. It appears to be another major push into the Las Vegas market. With the investment, Blackstone now owns a 10% stake in Crown Resorts.

It’s a strategic move. Crown Resorts has worked hard to buy and construct property here. Back in 2007, the company invested money into a company building the proposed Fontainebleau Casino & Resort. The plans for this venue were eventually scrapped.

It remains to be seen what plans Blackstone Group and Crown Resorts have for Las Vegas. It seems likely that more property sales will take place over the next few months.

Las Vegas Casinos Are Gearing Up For a Return

At the start of this year, it looked as if everything was going right in Las Vegas. Casinos here were bringing in a huge amount of revenue and tourism was reaching record numbers. No one could have predicted that things would change in the way that they have.

Unfortunately, the city is now at a standstill. Governor Sisolak is extremely hesitant to reopen the casinos here. As a result, there are almost no visitors now coming to the city.

Casino officials in Las Vegas continue to make preparations for the future. Some of these casinos are set to install thermal cameras to detect patrons with a fever. It’s also likely that EMTs will be placed inside the casino to assist anyone dealing with Covid-19 symptoms.

If all goes according to plan, Las Vegas casinos may be able to open again within the next couple of months. When that happens, it’s almost guaranteed that these venues will not look the same way they did prior to this pandemic.

Blackstone Group clearly sees a major opportunity here. By teaming up with Crown Resorts, these companies will start making a serious impact on this Nevada casino. Stay tuned for updates on this situation over the next few weeks!

Governor Sisolak is Set to Extend Nevada’s Current Restrictions

The new coronavirus has affected every single state in the country. Nevada hasn’t seen nearly as many cases as some other areas, yet the effect on the economy here has been devastating. This week, Governor Steve Sisolak announced he plans to extend Nevada’s current restrictions.Governor Sisolak

This isn’t going to sit well with Carolyn Goodman, the Mayor of Las Vegas. She’s repeatedly called for the city to open back up. Today, we’re going to look at what Sisolak has planned for the future of Nevada.

Nevada’s Gambling Revenue Dropped Significantly Last Month

Nevada, and Las Vegas specifically, is the gambling hub of the United States. The gambling industry here helps to bring the state an incredible amount of money every single month. Unfortunately, this revenue has begun to plummet over the past few weeks.

Back in March, Governor Sisolak announced that all non-essential businesses in the state must close their doors. This includes casinos, which are now shut down throughout the state. This has obviously led to a significant drop in tourism.

Most analysts predicted that revenue figures for the month of March would be low. The Nevada Gaming Control Board has just released a report that shows how bad things really are. According to these reports, gaming revenue here dropped by 39.6%.

That’s obviously a significant drop. In fact, Nevada’s revenue last month was the lowest it’s been since 1998. The interesting thing is that casinos in the state were open for some of the month. Revenue earned in April is likely to be the lowest in history.

For obvious reasons, there are a huge number of people now asking for restrictions in the state to be lifted. This includes Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman. You can see a brief video of Goodman speaking about the situation with Anderson Cooper below.

To the disappointment of some state officials, Sisolak claims he plans to extend the current state regulations.

Sisolak Plans to Extend Nevada’s Current Restrictions

The entire country is in uncharted water right now. No one can really say how to best approach the spread of this new coronavirus. Most parts of the country are choosing to implement social distancing measures that help to prevent infection spread.

Nevada hasn’t experienced the same infection surges that some parts of the country have. That’s partly due to the restrictions set in place by the Governor. These restrictions are taking a toll on the state economy, yet they’re clearly helping to reduce infections.

Sisolak spoke with ABC News this week about the plans for the future. The Governor claims he expects most of Nevada’s current restrictions to be extended for at least a few more weeks. A few of these measures will be lifted, though.

“We’re calling it Nevada United Road Map to Recovery. We’re going to ease some of the restrictions that we had previously as it relates to retail curbside pickup. Some of our outdoor activities we’re going to loosen up what some of the restrictions are. Unfortunately we’re going to have to extend the stay at home order a little bit. We just have not reached exactly where we want to get in the downward trajectory.”

Nevada’s situation is different than almost any others. It’s still not clear how exactly the state’s tourism industry can begin operating again. As more people begin visiting and playing inside casinos, the chances of infection surges increases.

That isn’t stopping casinos from making preparations.

Las Vegas Casinos Are Preparing to Open Next Month

Many industries around the United States are hurting right now. One that’s being hit particularly hard is the land-based casino industry. All casinos around the US are now closed down and are unlikely to open up anytime soon.

This is devastating to Las Vegas casinos. Some of the companies that operate these gambling venues are losing millions of dollars every single day. Some of them are now gearing up to open their doors next month.

Recently, news broke that Treasure Island Hotel & Casino plans to accept guests starting on May 15th. Several others expect to open up in early June. With the news that Nevada’s current restrictions are being extended, these plans could change.

Some of these casinos are now making preparations for the future. News is coming out that many venues will have thermal cameras set in place to locate those with fevers. EMTs will also be present in some casinos to care for those suspected of having Covid-19.

Perhaps the worst part of this situation is that no one knows when things will return to normal. Scientists are still learning about this new virus and a vaccine may be more than a year away. Hope is that Nevada finds a way to balance public safety with an open economy.

Nevada’s current restrictions are here to stay for a little bit longer. Stay tuned for more Las Vegas casino news over the next few weeks!