The planned opening of Virgin Hotels Las Vegas has been pushed back for a due to the pandemic.
This marks the second time that the anticipated opening of the off strip hotel and casino has been moved. Originally, the Las Vegas hotel was slated to open in autumn but was moved to January 15, 2021. But with the COVID-19 cases increasing again in Nevada, the owners of the property decided to push it back again.
During an interview last week, JC Hospitality Richard “Boz” Bosworth said:
“Due to the continuously evolving COVID-19 situation not only in Nevada but nationwide, we have made the decision to delay the Jan. 15, 2021 opening of Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. The construction for the project is on time and this decision was predicated on the current conditions in the market as it pertains to the pandemic. While the entire team at JC Hospitality is beyond excited to introduce the reimagined resort casino to locals and tourists alike, the safety and health of our guests, partners and team members continues to be our top priority. We encourage everyone to follow the guidelines put forth by public officials. At this time, an opening date has not been finalized, but an announcement is forthcoming.”
The Former Hard Rock Hotel
The New Virgin Hotels property is located at the previous Hard Rock Hotel site on Paradise Road. Bosworth acquired the resort in March 2018 together with Billionaire Richard Branson of the Virgin Group, and Juniper Capital Partners for $500M. Once it opens, it will feature a 60,000 square foot casino operated by Mohegan Gaming.
During its renovation, the new owners upgraded the 1,500 room hotel and refurbished 23 executive suites. Other amenities in the Las Vegas hotel include a 4,500-seat live music and entertainment theater, a five-acre pool complex with a promenade outdoor dining, and 12 food and beverage establishments.
Recent COVID-19 Surge in Nevada
In October, Las Vegas reported 1.9M in tourists which is just half of the 3.7M who visited Sin City in October 2019. The opening of Virgin Hotels property was expected to be among the movers that would start a rebound for the city’s struggling gaming and hospitality industry. Unfortunately, that will have to wait for now.
The recent surge of COVID-19 cases in Nevada could force Governor Steve Sisolak to enforce new health and safety measures. State officials reported 2,902 new cases last Friday with 23 deaths. Also, some Las Vegas casinos are closing during mid-week due to pandemic-linked conditions. Last month, Gov. Sisolak ordered a three-week maximum capacity of 25% for casinos, bars, and restaurants.