Vegas Labor Day Craziness
It has been quite a wild ride covering Vegas in 2020. From the rather abrupt closures in March to the somewhat botched reopening in June, it has been a fascinating subject to cover. These days Vegas seems to be settling into this new reality with strict enforcement of health & safety procedures and very light demand. Well, that is until this past weekend.
While I hope you don’t blame me for avoiding the Las Vegas Strip on this Labor Day weekend, I have been following along with what has been happening. To start, the crowds have been real. Just look at this INSANE demand for Fat Tuesday at Casino Royale.
The pent-up demand for Fat Tuesday daiquiris was greatly underestimated pic.twitter.com/e3ntrOCTZr
— Las Vegas Locally 🌴 (@LasVegasLocally) September 6, 2020
I have so many questions. 😂 I do hope everyone got their frozen concoction and enjoyed their weekend. Not the choice I would have made and admittedly those crowds don’t look like much fun to me. What do you think? (Also @LasVegasLocally is a great account to follow if you love Vegas!)
Street Racing on the Strip
While many would describe the environment on the Strip as a little subdued since the reopening, this weekend seemed to throw that all out of the window. For example, a nice group of people decided that the Strip was a good place to race and do burnouts. This video is both fascinating and a little terrifying.
Cactus & Las Vegas Blvd last night pic.twitter.com/FSX8Uoye1w
— Las Vegas Locally 🌴 (@LasVegasLocally) September 7, 2020
Maybe it’s just me but I don’t think I’ll be running out in the middle of the street the next time I see cars driving around in circles as they evade the police.
Fremont Street Was Insane
People are coming to Vegas to have fun and nowhere is more fun when you just want to party than Fremont Street. Naturally thousands of people headed out to the historic core of Vegas to enjoy this end of Summer holiday. The crowds were pretty insane.
— KTNV 13 Action News (@KTNV) September 6, 2020
So this is what @FSELV looks like on a Saturday night when everyone comes to Las Vegas for Labor Day weekend. California beaches or closed. You have cheap flights so people are coming. Little do visitors know that bars are closed a lot of stuff or closed. So look where they are pic.twitter.com/p16jtHfyel
— BidenHarris2020 (@pammypam74) September 6, 2020
Is Vegas Back?
While these crowds are a really good sign for Las Vegas, I wouldn’t say Vegas is back in its old form. First, I should start by saying that masks are still required in public places and inside casinos you’ll be quickly reminded to keep your mask on if you try to go without it at any point in time.
Obviously we can see from these videos that crowds are forming, social distancing isn’t being followed and many don’t have masks. It’s not my position to say whether this is good or bad, but I can say I don’t think you’ll see scenes like that too often. Vegas has been committed to getting enforcement under control and I think there would be a big backlash if these videos became the new normal.
Room Rates Are Very Soft
While this surge of people is either good or bad depending on your perspective, it doesn’t seem to be a sign of a larger recovery. Admittedly I have no inside information, but room rates continue to be very low through the rest of the year. Caesars continues to have very low rates at their Strip properties including $9 midweek nights for elite members.
Thankfully Vegas has a lot of support from drive-in markets, meaning that a lot of trips are planned last minute, so the hope for improvement is still valid. This weekend showed people are willing to come in large numbers to Vegas and hang out sort of like the old days. Was it a fluke? We will see!
Vegas Labor Day Craziness – Bottom Line
Vegas never disappoints and despite the fact that I spent this Labor Day weekend at home I was entertained and somewhat shocked by the videos and antics of the visiting crowds. No doubt this isn’t quite the Vegas we all knew and loved, but it isn’t the ghost town we have largely seen since June either. And that’s something to talk about.
What do you think about the crowds that descended on Vegas this weekend? Let me know in the comments!