With the state’s casinos still shutdown, Wynn Resorts announced on Thursday that they will be extending pay for all salaried, hourly and part-time employees in Las Vegas through May 31.
That amounts to 15,000 Wynn employees receiving payroll coverage on a total of 75 days of payroll continuance. The coverage also includes eligible employees’ tip compliance rate/distributed tips.
Employee pay coverage during the shutdown is expected to cost the company close to $250 million in payroll expenses.
The company also announced its partnership with University Medical Center (UMC) that allows free testing for COVID-19 for all Wynn employees. The free testing will begin next Monday.
Wynn Eyes Memorial Day Reopening
Although there has been no confirmed reopening date for casinos, on Thursday, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced that Phase One of his four-stage reopening plan will begin this Saturday.
Phase One allows for the reopening of restaurants, retail stores, barbershops, and salons at half capacity. It seems like a promising start on the trajectory to hopefully get casinos opened back up by the end of the month.
Wynn Resorts is hoping their Las Vegas properties will reopen before the month’s end, and have even begun accepting reservations for Memorial Day Weekend.
Wynn Resorts spokesman Michael Weaver says the properties have historically always had heavy bookings around the holiday day weekend, as it’s a time when many visitors from Southern California drive into Las Vegas to celebrate.
With traveler’s confidence in air travel still wary, a Memorial Day Weekend could prove to be promising, as Southern California visitors, who make up a bulk of the holiday weekend guests, will only have to drive to get it into Vegas.
Wynn Prepares for Reopening
As casinos everywhere prepare to open back up, they’ve started implementing a series of safety protocols to ensure their property is safe for returning staff and guests.
Some coronavirus safety measures that the Wynn has put into place is rearranging its casino floors to support social distancing, such as staggering poker tables, sanitizing table game rails and chairs after every guest-use, and disinfecting hard surfaces that are frequently in use.
Thermal scanners to detect employee or guest’s internal temperatures will also be introduced, as well as placing hand sanitizers at all entry points.
Signage will be placed across the property reminding guests and employees to avoid touching their faces, washing their hands, and proper ways to wear and dispose of masks.
They will also be no more than four guests allowed per elevator.
With the Governor’s quick announcement of Nevada entering into Phase One, a benchmark that was originally planned to hit May 15, it may only be a matter of weeks until the announcement of casinos reopening happens.
It’s a waiting game until then, but we’re glad to see that Nevada is gaining some momentum.
The Governor has urged Nevadans to continue practicing social distancing as it’s “the best weapon” in helping to keep the disease at bay.
Be sure to stay tuned for more coronavirus coverage in Las Vegas, keep your social distance, and above all stay safe!