LAS VEGAS – The spread of COVID-19 has triggered an unprecedented shutdown on the Las Vegas Strip.
Health officials reported the first death linked to the Nevada pandemic on Monday, and the number of coronavirus cases is accelerating rapidly.
At a rapid and dramatic pace, the COVID-19 crisis has slowed demand along the Las Vegas Strip corridor. The financial fallout is now leading to layoffs and time offs for thousands of people and closures that will soon turn this vacation mecca into a ghost town.
Here’s a look at what’s closed on the Las Vegas Strip. This list will be updated as businesses announce new closures around the time of COVID-19.
What is closed
Sands of Las Vegas
Las Vegas Sands announced Tuesday the closure of its two properties on the Strip: Venetian and Palazzo.
Las Vegas Sands has announced that resort employees will not be laid off or on leave during the closure, and health care eligibility will not be affected by the closure.
“These are clearly difficult times for our country and our community. We are in the hospitality and entertainment business and our team members work very hard to provide a great experience for the thousands of people who walk through our doors daily. However, our most important commitment is the one we have made for the health and safety of our team members and our guests. The best way to keep that commitment right now is to ask people not to come to work. While we hope this closure is a short-term necessity, we are realistic that it could be a protracted event, ”said Rob Goldstein, President and CEO of the Company.
The unprecedented shutdown began on Sunday, when Wynn Resorts announced the closure of its two luxury properties on the Strip – Wynn Las Vegas and Encore – for two weeks starting Tuesday.
The company announced the closures after Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak ordered the closure of all K-12 public schools in the Clark County School District. After two weeks, Wynn will assess the situation.
Wynn CEO Matt Maddox announced in a video shared with employees that economic hardship will intensify for the company – but workers will still be paid.
“Our hotel occupancy rate will be in the teenage range – and that, to me, is not our concern. What concerns us is that we are all going through this together,” he said. Maddox said. “What we’re going to do in these tough times is to make sure that all of our full-time employees – whether you’re in a closed point of sale or working here – will receive their pay.”
Shortly after, MGM Resorts revealed it would cease casino operations on Monday and completely shut down its 13 properties on the Strip on Tuesday.
Here are the closed properties of MGM Resorts:
- MGM Park
- MGM Grand
- Mandalay Bay
- New York, New York
- NoMad Hotel
- Signature by MGM
MGM will not take reservations for new arrivals before May 1st.
Major entertainment events on the Strip – including all Cirque du Soleil productions and David Copperfield’s MGM Grand magic show – have been suspended.
Cosmopolitan Las Vegas
Cosmopolitan Las Vegas announced its closure on Monday.
The Las Vegas Boulevard resort will close on March 18 at 6 p.m. and will remain closed until at least March 31.
“This action is in line with recommendations from local and federal health authorities encouraging social gatherings and limited travel, and the governor [Steve] Sisolak’s recommendation that casinos consider closing to the public, “a statement read.
The Cosmopolitan “will initiate an orderly departure” for internal guests over the next 48 hours, the statement said.
Caesars entertainment buffets
Due to lower demand, Caesars Entertainment will be closing all buffets, including the famous Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace.
The suspensions will last at least until April 9, the company said in a statement.
“For these open outlets, we are following the recommendations of public health officials by limiting capacity and ensuring social distancing of guests in restaurants, bars and game rooms,” the statement said.
What is still open?
Caesars casino hotels
The company’s 10 properties remain open on the Las Vegas Strip – although COVID-19 has impacted several operations.
Caesars Entertainment operates these properties:
- by Bally
- Caesar Palace
- The Cromwell
- The Linq
- Nobu Hotel
- Planet Hollywood
Caesars has canceled all paid live events in corporate theaters in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The suspension will begin Sunday evening and last until March 31, according to a company statement. Popular headlining shows that are now suspended include Penn & Teller and Absinthe.
But the buffets were suspended until April 9.
The Strat hotel
Owned by Golden Entertainment, the property formerly known as the Stratosphere – the tallest observation tower in the world, measuring 1,149 feet tall – will remain open.
Las Vegas downtown
These downtown Las Vegas casino hotels remain open:
- Great city center
- Gold nugget
- The Frémont
- The D
- Golden gate
- four queens
- Main Street Station
These large local hotel-casinos remain open:
- Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa
- Green Valley Ranch
- Palace station
- Sunset station
- Boulder Station
- Santa Fé Station
- Texas Station
- Fiesta Rancho
- Henderson Fiesta
- Barley’s Casino and Brewery
This story will be updated as more information develops. Check RGJ.com for updates …