Some casino properties in Las Vegas are offering on-site COVID-19 testing for their guests. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
Reduce traveler requirements
A number of Las Vegas hotel-casinos are offering to test their guests for COVID-19 in an effort to tighten health and safety standards, as well as ease constraints on visitors returning to areas subject to lockdowns. strict travel restrictions. Testing is taking place at MGM Resorts International, Main Street Station and The Cosmopolitan properties.
easing constraints on visitors returning to areas with strict travel restrictions
While MGM Resorts does not have a dedicated COVID-19 testing lab, it can still administer on-site testing for those unable to travel to a testing facility located outside of the hotel premises. -casino. MGM Resorts will arrange for a paramedic to be on site to perform the test. The casino operator also provides transportation for all guests traveling to an off-site testing location.
Following recent positive signs of travel trends in Las Vegas, 24/7 hotel operations at MGM Resorts’ Park MGM, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage resorts will resume on March 3. These properties were not offering midweek stays to visitors for the past few months due to low demand.
On-site testing facilities
The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas has had an operational COVID-19 testing facility at its Reviv Spa since June 4. It is open to the general public and guests, while employees undergo testing in another area of the property. The facility operates 24/7 and provides travel certificates to those who successfully test negative. Some regions or airlines now require people to have proof of a negative test before travelling.
As a significant portion of travelers to Las Vegas from Hawaii stay at its properties, Boyd Gaming has partnered with Hawaiian Airlines to test flyers at the Main Street Station hotel-casino, which is currently closed. The service covers all Fremont Hotel & Casino and California Hotel & Casino guests departing on their final leg to Hawaii within 72 hours at the latest.
The island state has strict rules in place for people arriving from other regions. If someone does not have proof on arrival of a negative COVID-19 test result issued within the last 72 hours, they must undergo a strict 14-day quarantine period.
Speaking of the supply of testing facilities in Las Vegas casinosBoyd Gaming spokesperson David Strow explained, “COVID testing sites are important to our community, from a tourism perspective.”
Appearance of green shoots
The COVID-19 pandemic is still affecting the gaming industry in Nevada, with gaming revenue falling 27% year-over-year in January to $761.8 million. Casinos on the Las Vegas Strip are responsible for 91% of the decline in total casino winnings in Nevada.
a slight increase in gaming revenue in January
The latest Nevada Gaming Control Board data, however, shows a slight increase in January gaming revenue, up 11% from the December 2020 figure. Casino properties in some northern Nevada counties even saw growth. revenue year over year. Sports betting in the state also had a strong January, with an overall increase of 29% to $646.7 million.
Reno, in particular, is seeing positive trends, with gaming revenue, occupancy, and foot traffic approaching pre-pandemic levels. Northern Nevada’s leading gambling city is ahead of Las Vegas in many ways, with experts believing the state’s more regional and local markets will recover faster than Sin City.
The wait is largely due to the latter relying more on conventions and international travel. The Reno market, on the other hand, attracts many locals, as well as people driving into town from nearby areas such as the Bay Area and Sacramento.