A Sobering Look Inside One Vegas Casino & Why The Strip Hasn’t Reopened Yet

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Look Inside Vegas Casino 

Look Inside Vegas Casino Post-COVID 19

A couple of weeks ago the Nevada Gaming Control Board released their requirements for casinos to reopen. Among them were a number of social distancing guidelines along with a mandate that casinos develop and submit a COVID-19 action plan at least a week before they plan to reopen.

And for the most part casinos have started the process of getting ready to open their doors. MGM Resorts International is the largest casino owner on the Strip and their Health & Safety Plan shows how their casinos will be different when guests are welcomed back.

Source: MGM Resorts International

New sanitizer stations and sinks are being added to casino floors while physical distancing will be enforced by taking half of the slot machines offline and limiting spots at table games. A tremendous amount of additional cleaning and sanitizing will be done by employees as well.

What the New Vegas Will Look Like

Many other Las Vegas casinos have announced similar measures. We have even seen what the “new normal” will look like as pictures of altered casinos have started to make their way onto social media. Here are some eye opening shots from inside El Cortez which is located in Downtown Las Vegas.

You can see they have installed barriers between slot machines and at their table games. I’m not going to lie, it doesn’t look very fun. With that said, we have to start somewhere given so many people depend on the Las Vegas casinos for their livelihood.

Vegas Not Ready to Reopen Yet

Nevada has started to open non-essential businesses in a Phase 1 opening of the state, however the Governor has indicated it’s not time for Phase 2 yet. With that said, the casinos will be allowed to reopen when the Nevada Gaming Control Board says so. Governor Sisolak has given them that power, although he also has to agree as well.

As of the time of this publishing the Gaming Control Board has not given a date when casinos can reopen. This is the statement on their website, “In conjunction with state and local health officials, the Board will continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and its effect on the resumption of gaming operations, and will issue further notices as appropriate.”

Look Inside Vegas Casino – Bottom Line

Las Vegas casinos are busy installing barriers, turning off slot machines, building sinks, stockpiling masks and most importantly trying to do what they can to keep guests safe. With many casinos taking reservations for Memorial Day weekend, the expectation is that we’ll see a Vegas reopening date soon, but we aren’t quite there yet.

Shawn Coomerhttps://milestomemories.com/
Shawn Coomer earns and burns millions of miles/points per year circling the globe with his family. An expert at accumulating travel rewards, he founded Miles to Memories to help others achieve their travel goals for pennies on the dollar. Shawn also runs a million dollar reselling business, knows Vegas better than most and loves to spend his time at the 12 Disney parks across the world.

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  1. I am like the the above person personal involvement is the main reason I go To Vegas without that it takes the fun for me away. I to hope this changes very quickly!

  2. I love to gamble – esp in Vegas – but half the joy is socializing and meeting people from all over the world at the tables – this setup is only for hardcore ppl that have to gamble. Not sure I will be returning there until it is back to normal – or more normal than being in the Get Smart Cone of Silence (showing my age with that one !!)


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