Treasure Island Announces Tentative Reopening Date and Safety Protocols

Treasure Island Casino-Hotel in Las VegasWith Las Vegas hopeful for reopening soon, possibly within the new few weeks even if the Nevada Gaming Control Board says “go,” casino operators are starting to prepare in welcoming guests and staff back in their doors amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Treasure Island is the latest to announce their health and safety guidelines for reopening, as well as a tentative reopening date. As of Tuesday, the property started taking reservations for arrivals beginning next Friday, May 22, Memorial Day Weekend.

Memorial Day Weekend has historically been a popular time for visitors to hit the Las Vegas Strip, and the city sees much of its visitation for the holiday weekend coming from Southern California.

This is a good thing, with those visitors being able to drive up to Las Vegas and not have to worry about taking air travel. Wynn Resorts is also on the same page as Treasure Island, as they started taking reservations for Memorial Day Weekend last week.

This projected reopening date is, of course, subject to change as management continues to monitor the coronavirus situation in Clark County and await guidance for governing authorities.

Health and Safety Reopening Policies

Treasure Island advised that their company is first and foremost focused on prioritizing the health and safety of its guests and staff members. The company is continuing to monitor guidelines from the CDC, Nevada Gaming Board, federal, state, and local government mandates, and public health advancements in developing and updating their protocols and procedures.

Here’s a look into Treasure Island’s newly developed safety protocols, which is subject to change as the aforementioned agencies evolve.

Guest Policy and Procedures

Social Distancing Guidelines

Guests will be encouraged to practice social distancing, keeping six feet of space between other groups of people in all public areas on the property. Elevators will almost be limited to no more than four riders at a time.

Should guests not follow social distancing guidelines, TI Security can be contacted and will be deployed immediately to advise guests of the social distancing rules.

Locations on the property that receive frequent face-to-face interactions, such as the front desk and cashier stations, will have plexiglass shields installed for added protection.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

The front desk will have single-use face masks available for guests, and they will be made available at other locations on the property as well.

Safe Casino Gaming

Treasure Island will follow specific guidance on casino gaming and hotel operations as given by the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

Confirmed Room Sanitization

All rooms will receive thorough daily cleanings and sanitization. Upon completion, a sign will be placed on the room door or in the room confirming the cleaning protocols have been met.

Hand Washing

All Treasure Island public restrooms include touch-free faucets, soap dispensers, paper towel dispensers, and hand dryers. The company is encouraging guests to follow the CDC’s guidelines on proper handwashing: Washing hands for a minimum of twenty seconds using soap and warm water.

Hand Sanitizers

High-traffic areas of the property will get touch-free hand sanitizer dispensers placed in them. Personal hand sanitizers will also be made available to guests in various locations on the property.

Touchless Environment

TI has made efforts to remove or eliminate frequent touch and contact points, swapping them out with hands-free or automated opening devices, such as doors, offering alternative payment methods, and replacing room amenities with one-time use items.

Property Signage

Signage will be posted throughout the property reminding guests on maintaining proper hygiene, such as instructions on handwashing, advising them to avoid touching their faces, covering coughs and sneezes, wearing and disposing of masks and gloves properly, and social distancing guidelines. Floor markers will also be put in place in guest queuing areas, like check-in lines.

Employee Policy and Procedures

Similar to the guest health and safety guidelines, TI has created specific health and safety protocols for employees to follow upon returning to the property.

Security Temperature Screenings

All employees will receive a non-invasive temperature scan at the start of every shift. Should their temperature show 100.4 degrees or more, they will not have access granted onto the property, and will be asked to stay home until they are well and able to return to work.

TI Security will then notify the employee’s manager and management will be expected to notify those who were in immediate contact with the employee.

Stay-At-Home If Sick

TI employees who do not feel well are required to stay at home until they are well enough to return. Employees are also being asked to contact a manager and notify them of coworkers who are exhibiting any COVID-19-related symptoms, such as a cough or shortness of breath. Employees exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms should not return to work until permitted under CDC guidelines.

Expanded Training

Upon returning to work, all employees will receive thorough COVID-19 training and prevention measures based upon literature released by the CDC and Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD). Employees who are in frequent guest contact will receive additional COVID-19 training.

Handwashing and Hand Sanitizers

Based on CDC guidelines, employees will be instructed to wash and/or sanitize their hands every hour, and/or upon using the restroom, touching their face, sneezing, blowing their nose, handling luggage, smoking, eating or drinking, entering or exiting the property, before starting their shift and before going on break.

Hand sanitizer dispensers will be placed at employee entrances, and time clock locations.

Social Distancing Policy

Employees will be instructed to follow social distancing guidelines by keeping six feet of space between themselves and other employees and guests. Social distancing guidelines are expected to be practice in employee back-of-house areas as well, including dining room, break room, uniform control room, employee services window, and other high-density areas throughout the property.

PPE

TI employees must wear a face mask at all times when on the property. Certain employees will receive additional appropriate personal protective equipment based on job duties, such as housekeeping and food and beverage employees. TI staff will also receive training on how to wear and dispose of PPE.

Employee Signage

Employee signage will be similar to guest signage advising on how to maintain proper hygiene, including handwashing instructions, reminders of not to touch your face, to cover coughs and sneezes, how to wear and dispose of PPE, and how to identify COVID-19 associated symptoms in co-workers or guests.

Personal Protection

TI employees are being asked to avoid touching their face, including eyes, nose, and mouth, to proper cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and to properly discard that tissue afterward.

Cleaning Procedures and Protocols

High-traffic areas and frequently contacted items will receive frequent cleaning and sanitizing daily. This includes slot machines and chairs, gaming tables and gaming chairs, front desk counters, escalator handrails, and elevator buttons, casino Player’s Club booth and kiosks, door handles, ATMs, loading docks, employee entrances, employee dining room, employee restrooms, heart-of-house offices, employee service windows and training areas.

Guest rooms and suites will also receive special attention cleaning and sanitation to high touch areas, including TV remote controls, door handles, furniture knobs, water faucet handles, toilet seat handles, nightstands, light switches, telephones, alarm clocks, and any other high-touch item.

Stay Tuned

It’s clear that Treasure Island has put a lot of thought and expert guidelines into the development of their health and safety reopening protocols.

Hopefully, this will give guests and staff peace of mind knowing that all safety scenarios are being considered and thorough measures are being put into place to create the safety environment for both guests and staff.

What do you think about Treasure Island’s newly developed safety protocols? Would you feel confident returning once casinos reopen? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

The Las Vegas Treasure Island is Set to Open Next Month

Nevada state officials continue to verbally spar over how to lift restrictions. As of now, all casinos across the state are completely shut down. Things may soon change, however, and the Las Vegas Treasure Island is preparing to open its doors to the public on May 15th.

Las Vegas Casino Treasure Island Logo

It’s surprising news for many residents in this state. It appears Treasure Island is preparing to be the first casino to open on the Las Vegas Strip. Today, we’re going to look at this venue’s plans for the future. We’ll also discuss some of the recent changes made at this property.

Let’s get into it!

The Radisson Group Now Owns Treasure Island

Treasure Island Hotel & Casino first opened its doors back in 1993 on the Las Vegas Strip. At that time, this venue was one of the hottest news casino-resorts on the Strip. In 2003, owners of this venue decided to start running a major pirate show in front of the hotel.

MGM Resorts ran this property for many years. It was hugely successful early on, yet at a certain point in time revenue here began to drop. By the mid-2000s, news began surfacing that officials within MGM Resorts International planned to sell this property.

In 2008, the Las Vegas Treasure Island was officially sold to Phil Ruffin. The businessman owns several major properties around the world and made it clear he wanted to break into the Las Vegas market. Ruffin announced several major changes to this venue, including removing the famous pirate show in 2013.

Last year, Ruffin made headlines by announcing this casino was joining the Radisson Group. Many analysts felt this was the perfect time for this move. The Radisson Group owns properties in 115 countries around the world and is known for its popular rewards program.

Things haven’t exactly gone smoothly in 2020. Like all other casinos in Las Vegas, Treasure Island has been forced to close its doors for more than a month. Now, it appears the owners of this venue have a date in mind to open up again.

Las Vegas Treasure Island Set to Open on May 15th

Since March, every single casino in Nevada has been forced to close its doors. Governor Steve Sisolak ordered these venues to shut down due to the spread of the new coronavirus around the country.  This has proved to be devastating to the state’s economy.

Las Vegas, in particular, is taking a major hit due to these regulations. Tourism into the city has completely stopped. Due to the casino closures, gambling revenue here has also come to a halt and many major casino companies here are losing millions of dollars every single day.

Analysts around the country have questioned when casinos will be allowed to operate here. Governor Sisolak has maintained that casinos need to remain closed in order to protect public safety. The Mayor of Las Vegas, however, has called these regulations “total insanity.”

It now appears that one casino-resort is preparing to open. News is coming out that the Las Vegas Treasure Island is preparing to open on May 15th. The hotel’s website confirmed this news to the media.

“We are currently accepting reservations for arrivals beginning May 15, 2020 (subject to change),” the website says. 

It’s important to note that this has not been set in stone. Governor Sisolak may decide to force all of the state’s casinos to remain closed. For now, though, it seems this hotel-casino plans to open its doors next month.

Las Vegas Mayor and Governor Sisolak Continue to Argue

The past month has likely been the strangest in the recent history of the United States. Much of the country is completely shut down. Different state leaders are now working to come up with new plans to reopen.

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak is taking a more cautious approach. He agrees with many health experts who warn opening too early will result in a major surge of cases. This has been frustrating for Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, who now wants to see things get back to normal.

Goodman is not presenting any real plans to reopen, though. The Mayor of Las Vegas instead argues that it’s up to state officials to get the economy back up and running. Governor Sisolak is already brushing these comments aside.

Casino companies in Las Vegas continue to suffer. This includes MGM Resorts International, Wynn Resorts, and Las Vegas Sands. Even the owners of the Las Vegas Treasure Island are losing an incredible amount of revenue right now.

Some experts believe that Macau will become hugely important for these companies. Hope is that the revenue earned from Macau’s casinos will make up for some of the money being lost in Las Vegas.

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

Treasure Island Las Vegas Remains Open Right Now

As Covid-19 spreads around the world, more cities are being forced to shut down. More cases are beginning to emerge in Clark County and as a result, many Las Vegas casino-resorts are closing their doors. Treasure Island Las Vegas is one of the few major properties on the Strip to stay open.Treasure Island Hotel & Casino

Despite extremely low tourism rates, this venue has decided to keep its doors open. Today, we’re going to look at why exactly this is.

Let’s get into it!

Coronavirus Forces Las Vegas Strip Properties to Close

The first case of Covid-19 was reported in late January. For the next four weeks, infection rates in the country remained relatively low. Towards the end of February, however, we began seeing a sharp rise in the number of infected individuals here.

According to recent reports, more than 5,200 individuals in the US have tested positive for Covid-19. Unfortunately, our ability to test in large numbers is still not available. For that reason, a huge number of individuals believe that the real number of people with this virus is significantly higher.

The first case of the coronavirus in Clark County emerged in early March. Since that time, more than 35 different cases have been confirmed here. Las Vegas city officials have major concerns about this spreading further.

Recently, most of the major hotel-casinos on the Las Vegas Strip began closing their doors. This includes all of Wynn Resorts’ and MGM Resorts International’s properties. This was a major decision that’s costing these companies a significant amount of money every single day.

This doesn’t mean the Strip is completely dead, though. One major casino-resort here has decided to keep things moving. Is this a smart decision?

Treasure Island Las Vegas is Staying Open, For Now

The Las Vegas Strip is home to many of the biggest and best casino-resorts in the world. At the moment, though, most of these venues are currently closed down to the public. Treasure Island, located in the northern area of the Strip, is one of the only properties here that’s decided to stay open.

Owners of this venue released a statement on the situation to the media yesterday.

“We have increased our frequency of disinfecting our surfaces, including all hand contact surfaces and slot machines and table games. We encourage our guests and employees to actively utilize our hand-sanitizing stations which are located in our food outlets as well as other high-trafficked locations on property, including back of house. All of our public restrooms are equipped with touch free faucets, soap dispensers, paper towel dispensers and hand blowers,” the statement said. 

This may not last forever, though. It’s very likely that officials in Nevada will soon prohibit these properties from remaining open to the public. The company recognizes this, claiming that some operations “may be affected by situations beyond our control.”

Tourism into Las Vegas is the lowest it’s been in decades. This is unlikely to change anytime soon. More major casino companies are being forced to take new measures while this situation unfolds.

US Land-Based Gambling Industry is Struggling

Over the past few years, the land-based casino industry in the US has been to surge. Many states around the country recently decided to open their casino industries. This includes Illinois and New York, where several new casinos are expected to open up soon.

This industry is now in danger, though. The spread of Covid-19 has led to many states shutting down all of their casinos. Lawmakers in Mississippi, for example, recently announced that all land-based casinos must close their doors to the public for weeks.

Many experts believe we’re just beginning to see the effects of this new coronavirus. It may take months before the situation reaches its peak. This isn’t great news for companies that operate brick and mortar casinos.

Interestingly, we’re seeing a huge increase in online casino gambling right now. As more casinos close down, people are beginning to play their favorite games online. This includes residents in Nevada.

There are a huge number of fantastic Nevada casino sites operating right now. Many of them offer just as many gambling options as the top land-based casinos in the state. Feel free to check them out today!

Treasure Island Las Vegas is remaining open right now. Exactly how long this will last is still unknown. Stay tuned for more Las Vegas casino updates over the next few days!

Treasure Island Officially Becomes a Radisson Hotel

Back in December of 2018, MGM Resorts International sold Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to Phil Ruffin. He’s continued to operate this popular venue ever since. In July, it was reported that this property would officially join the Radisson Group. This week, the popular Las Vegas hotel-casino has officially become a Radisson Hotel.Treasure Island Hotel & Casino

It’s great news for members of the Radisson Rewards. Some are unclear of exactly what this news means, though. Here’s what we know about this situation.

History of Treasure Island Hotel & Casino

Anyone familiar with Las Vegas has probably heard of Treasure Island. It’s one of the most popular venues in the city. It first opened to the public in 1993 and grew famous for its unique outdoor show.

This venue has a large, 95,000 square-foot gambling space. The casino offers just about every type of game imaginable including a high-limit slots area and poker space.

The hotel is hugely popular, as well. It received the AAA Four Diamond award every year from 1993 to 2013. There are more than 2,800 rooms, including 220 suites. Its location near the northern area of the Strip isn’t necessarily ideal, yet it still draws in a huge number of visitors every year.

Treasure Island Hotel & Casino has gone through several renovations over the years. The first came in 2003 when its owners paid more than $65 million to include the hotel’s rooms.

The Sirens Of Ti show was hugely popular with visitors to the city. It was free and took place every day. In 2013, the last show was held here in order to make room for a new multi-level shopping complex.

Ownership of this venue has changed hands several times over the years. This week, it officially joined the Radisson Group.

Treasure Island Becomes Radisson Hotel

Radisson Group is one of the largest hospitality companies in the world. It has locations in more than 115 countries and has a hugely popular rewards program. This program, called Radisson Rewards, offers unique benefits for guests staying in different locations.

This week, Treasure Island joined the Radisson Group. Members of Radisson Rewards can soon earn valuable points by staying at this venue. It’s the first hotel-casino that Radisson Hospitality controls on the Las Vegas Strip.

This news is likely to help draw in many new visitors. Travelers for business, in particular, are beginning to flock to this venue. It’s home to a massive 30,500 square-foot convention center that can hold up to 1,200 attendees.

Phil Ruffin, the owner of this venue, believes that the move to the Radisson Group will help reach a wider audience, as well. The room renovations that are expected to be completed next year will help things, as well. Ruffin also has big plans for his newest Las Vegas Strip purchase.

Phil Ruffin Speaks About Plans for Circus Circus

Circus Circus is a well-known Las Vegas property, yet it’s gained a reputation amongst guests as one of the city’s worst. It’s location, amenities, and overall atmosphere leaves much to be desired. MGM Resorts International owned this property for years, yet recently decided it was time to sell.

MGM officials began looking for buyers. Before long, the company struck a deal with Phil Ruffin. On October 23rd, Ruffin purchased the venue for $825 million.

It was unclear exactly what Ruffin planned to do with this venue. This week, he spoke to the media about his plans for this venue. According to the casino mogul, he plans to bring some exciting new shows here.

“We have a long-term relationship with Cirque du Soleil, we have the ‘Mystere’ show at Treasure Island, a very successful show,” Ruffin told board members. “We have a commitment from the president of Cirque du Soleil to put a show in Circus Circus and so we’ve had meetings on that. I firmly believe that a Strip property has to have a permanent show and that’s the deal struck.”

Many feel this is a good idea. Shows are known to help increase the number of guests to the casino. We’ll need to wait and see which show comes to Circus Circus.

Treasure Island is joining the Radisson Group. Stay tuned for more news on Las Vegas casinos over the next few months!