MGM outlines reopening of Las Vegas properties

MGM is the latest casino operator to outline its plans for reopening properties in Vegas.

MGM Resorts International has outlined its plans to reopen casinos in Las Vegas Nevada as the state eases lockdown restrictions.

This news comes after Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced plans for casinos in the state to begin reopening from 4 June.

Guidelines have also been set out by the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB). Under these guidelines, casino operators must have adequate health and safety measures in place and limited casino occupancy to 50%.

MGM’s reopening plans

According to the announcement, MGM plans to reopen The Bellagio, New York-New York, The Signature and MGM Grand Las Vegas next week on 4 June. However, amenities at all properties will be limited due to challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic.

In the announcement, MGM said its casinos will operate in line with the seven-point safety plan it revealed earlier this month. This will help ensure the safety of MGM’s customers and employees.

The measures outlined in MGM’s safe reopening plan include staff screening, temperature check and coronavirus specific training. There will also be a mandatory requirement for employees to wear masks. Fabricated hand-washing stations will also be installed on casino floors.

Plexiglass barriers will also be installed in areas where it will be difficult to enforce social distancing. Another measure will include allowing guests to view digital menus on their mobile phones and allow for the sending of text message notifications when tables are ready.

Among the amenities set to reopen at The Bellagio are the Conservatory, the new Japanese Spring Garden, some food and beverage facilities and the Salon and Fitness Center. New York-New York will reopen a selection of bar and dining facilities and the Big Apple RollerCoaster, Big Apple Arcade and Hershey’s Chocolate World.

MGM Grand and The Signature will also open with a limited number of amenities.

MGM Resorts’ acting chief executive and president Bill Hornbuckle said: “As we plan for these openings, the health and safety of our guests and employees is at the forefront of all we do.

“Getting many of our employees back to work and welcoming guests through our doors once again will allow us to do what we do best – entertain. The team is ready and we can’t wait.”

Other Las Vegas casinos also reopening

Several other casinos are also preparing to reopen in Nevada on 4 June.

Caesars Entertainment revealed plans to reopen its venues in Vegas last week. In its announcement, the casino operator said it will reopen Caesars Palace and Flamingo properties once the state officials give them the green light.

The Cosmopolitan is set to reopen on 4 June, while Wynn Las Vegas, Encore, The Venetian and off-strip casinos operated by Boyd Gaming and Station Casino are set to resume activities in the coming weeks.

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