Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas. Starting next week, the largest entertainment and leisure center in the world opens its doors to fans of gambling and fun, as the casinos of Macau have already done. Las Vegas reopens its casinos on Thursday, June 4. The COVID-19 health crisis has forced the world’s most famous casinos to close for nearly three months.
Despite the fact that the numbers of deaths and infections in the United States are still alarming, the leaders of the state of Nevada are seeking to reactivate the engine of their economy, with about 8,000 people infected and 396 deaths in this state alone.
Reopening at 50% capacity
The opening will be carried out under strict sanitary security measures. The governor of Nevada, Steve Sisolak, announced that for now the casinos in Las Vegas will be able to open, although they will only be able to do so at 50% of their capacity. Social distance should be maintained to prevent the spread of the virus. The state of Nevada together with the Nevada Gambling Control Board have prepared a joint report that specifies the security measures that both casino workers and visitors who wish to access any of the casinos must follow. The use of a mask is mandatory.
At the entrance to the casinos, players will have their temperature taken. For their part, casinos must keep the gaming tables and utensils used clean and hygienic. Las Vegas reopens its casinos on June 4. This measure has been taken with the aim of normalizing and giving a break to the state economy, battered after the forced closure by the coronavirus. The news had to be announced by Twitter since the governor of the state of Nevada has been exposed to the virus in recent days.
The leisure sector obtained revenues of 51,000 million euros
Nevada’s gaming industry accounts for 37% of total revenue. In 2018 it obtained close to 51,000 million euros. It is a reality that the coronavirus health crisis and the closure since March will have a severe impact on the economy. An unprecedented crisis is anticipated. Casinos represent about 282,000 direct jobs and about 68,000 indirect jobs.
As of today, the hotels that have confirmed their reopening in Las Vegas are the Bellagio, the MGM Grand, the Flamingo and the New York. These hotels are not allowed to offer any type of show or event. They have also had to give up the traditional buffets.