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Welcome Back: Las Vegas is Once Again Open for Business!
June 10th, 2020

While it may take a moment for the Strip’s resorts and hotel-casinos to catch up to their former glory, momentum definitely picked up last week when the city’s biggest driver of tourism was given the green light to reopen at midnight on June 4 by Gov. Steve Sisolak. Here’s what some of our clients are up to:

Of MGM Resorts’ offerings, BellagioMGM GrandNew York-New York, and The Signature were among the first to reopen on the Strip, on June 4. The iconic Bellagio dancing fountains even made their comeback, beginning with arrangements of Aaron Copland’s “Simple Gifts” and Elvis Presley’s “Viva Las Vegas.” Excalibur is on deck for June 11 with plans for Luxor and The Shoppes at Mandalay Bay Place to reopen on June 25 at 10 a.m. They will be followed by Aria on July 1 at 10 a.m and Mandalay Bay and Four Seasons Las Vegas at 11 a.m. Get up-to-the-minute intel on MGM Resorts reopenings in the company’s newsroom here.

The big top at Circus Circus is again welcoming visitors since reopening at 9 a.m. June 4. Neighboring TI followed suit just an hour later, and dining options are open at both properties with modified hours. Stay informed about TI’s health and safety policies here.

The Saraha Las Vegas hotel, casino, restaurants, and its even pools reopened Jun 4 with touchless payments and single-use service items, and the use of BioProtect, an anti-microbial protectant that claims to prevent contamination of surfaces for about 90 days, on high-touch surfaces. José Andres’ Bazaar Meat made a fashionable entrance one day later. Find out more about Sahara’s contactless services and pool reservations protocol on the resort’s dedicated Sahara Cares page, here.

The anticipation was palpable as the Viva Vision canopy over Fremont Street counted down the 144 hours till Golden Nugget reopened at 12:01 a.m. June 4, the absolute earliest it legally could restart gaming operations. The hotel, casino, pool, bars, and restaurants are all open for business. Read about the company’s commitment to prevention and cleanliness here and its updated FAQ here.

And despite the fact that nightlife and daylife are still on hold, those famous purveyors of Las Vegas vibe dining can still bring the action. TAO Group’s Beauty & Essex rekindled its speakeasy vibe in The Cosmopolitan on June 5; TAO and LAVO are still shuttered, but we are told that could change at any moment. Find out about what TAO Group is doing to support its staff here.