Las Vegas is steadily turning into a ghost town. Many hotel casinos on the Strip have closed their business hours due to the Covid-19 oubtreak. The Nevada governor has just decided that all casinos will be locked for 30 days. All bars, spas, hairdressers and shopping centers must also be closed. Restaurants are only allowed to offer takeaway and delivery service.
Last year, 42.5 million visitors came to Las Vegas. The hotels, casinos and night clubs were packed all year round and you could walk on the Strip. Las Vegas is not yet in lockdown, but it is going that way.
Gambling giant MGM Resorts made a drastic decision: all casinos are closed as of today, at least until May 1. Hotel guests must have left by tomorrow at the latest in this week.
The measure is significant for Las Vegas, as about half of all hotels on the MGM Strip are: Bellagio, Aria, Vdara, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Park MGM, Mirage, New York-New York, Luxor and Excalibur.
And it doesn’t stop at MGM hotels alone. The ultra-luxury resorts Wynn and Encore are also closing immediately. Management says the doors will remain closed for at least two weeks.
Both MGM Resorts and Wynn Resorts announced anti-corona measures last week. At Wynn, all visitors were screened for fever with a heat camera. MGM closed all night clubs last Friday. The other major casino operator on the Strip, Caesars Entertainment, is currently going less far than MGM and Wynn.
All live entertainment in the Caesars casinos (including Caesars Palace, Paris Las Vegas and Planet Hollywood) has been canceled until at least the end of March. But otherwise you can just go for a game of blackjack or roulette or a dance in one of the nightclubs.
The Venetian and Palazzo, operated by Las Vegas Sands, are still open for the time being. The opposite Treasure Island, which is not part of a chain, even has a “flash sale” with extra cheap rooms.
Mister Casino wonders how long the remaining casinos will remain open. Air travel and tourism within the United States has already decreased by about 80 percent from normal in the past two weeks. And no tourist from abroad comes to Las Vegas anymore.