Casinos throughout Nevada were closed Wednesday, along with other nonessential businesses, following an unprecedented order from Gov. Steve Sisolak. He urged residents to stay home to help curtail the spread of the new coronavirus. (March 18) AP Domestic
LAS VEGAS – The pandemic has turned Nevada’s premier tourist destinations into deserts of uncertainty.
No one can say when COVID-19 will loosen its grip or when the economy might rebound, but everyone longs for the day it might leave as quietly as it came and vacations can resume.
State gambling regulators have not given the go-ahead or a date for the lifting of Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak’s shutdown order, but casino companies have been developing reopening plans – many of them aiming for June 1.
Many are even accepting reservations.
Here’s what we know about how hotel-casinos are angling to reopen in Nevada. The RGJ will update this list as more information becomes available:
MGM Resorts has not announced official dates for properties.
The company revealed it won’t open all hotels at once – but rather start with two or three targeted at different traveler budgets.
New York-New York Hotel & Casino is already accepting reservations for June 1.
These properties are accepting bookings for July 1, according to property booking websites: Mandalay Bay, Delano, Luxor, Excalibur, Park MGM, MGM Grand, Aria, Vdara, Mirage and Bellagio.
The company has not announced official opening dates, but the websites of these properties are taking reservations starting on May 29: Caesars Palace, The Cromwell, Harrah’s, LINQ, Paris, Bally’s, Flamingo and Planet Hollywood.
“Our casinos are beginning to reopen around the country,” the company’s website states. “The precise date casinos are permitted to open will vary from state to state and is dictated by government or tribal officials in each jurisdiction.”
CEO Matt Maddox said Wynn and Encore could open in late May, but data must first show it is safe to do so.
“That is assuming we stay in line with the benchmarks and that the environment is safe for customers and for all of our employees,” Maddox said.
While no opening date has been decided, Wynn is taking reservations starting June 1.
Las Vegas Sands
The Venetian Resort is taking reservations for stays starting June 1.
Las Vegas Sands Corp. plans to open its two properties in phases. First the Venetian tower will open – and then the Palazzo tower at a later date.
Station Casinos also plans to reopen casinos in phases, but no opening date has been announced.
Red Rock, Green Valley Ranch, Palace Station, Sunset Station, Boulder Station, Santa Fe Station, and Wild Wild West are taking reservations starting June 1.
Fiesta Rancho, Fiesta Henderson and Texas Station are not accepting reservations.
Station Casinos will hold off opening Palms, Fiesta Henderson, Fiesta Rancho and Texas Station until data reveals how business is doing in the wake of COVID-19.
The websites of Fremont Hotel, Aliante, Sam’s Town, Suncoast, The Orleans and California Hotel are accepting reservations for stays starting June 1.
Gold Coast and Main Street Station are not accepting bookings at this time, according to their websites.
“We are optimistic that we will be able to reopen most of our properties over the next several weeks,” Boyd CEO Keith Smith said in a press release, “and we look forward to offering our guests a safe and enjoyable entertainment experience.”
The north Strip resort formerly known as the Stratosphere is taking reservations on its website for stays starting May 29.
The Cosmopolitan is taking reservations starting June 4, according to the property’s website.
Sahara Las Vegas
Sahara Las Vegas is taking reservations starting June 1, according to its website.
Atlantis, Eldorado, SilverLegacy and CircusCircus are accepting reservations for June 1.
Grand Sierra Resort and Casino is accepting reservations for stays starting May 29, but the company’s plans will be subject to announcements from the governor’s office about reopening measures.
The Peppermill announced a tentative June 1 reopening date in an email sent to its frequent guests.
The hotel-casino will implement extensive safety training and also test its employees prior to re-opening. Peppermill employees will be required to wear masks at all times, with guests also being encouraged to do so.
The Nugget Casino in Sparks announced on Thursday that it will resume operations soon, with added health and safety protocols in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe also announced that it will resume hotel operations on June 4.
“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome back our guests and community,” the hotel-casino posted on its Facebook page: and will be taking enhanced steps in order to ensure your safety and wellbeing while on-site.
Contributing: Jason Hidalgo, Reno Gazette Journal.
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