Hello From Las Vegas! – So, Las Vegas hotel casinos are open June 4. Many of you might already know that. What we’ll be doing is giving you the details to what you need to know, especially based on all of the questions that have been coming in. With continued bad internet rumors out there (like “the bars are going to be closed”, which is entirely false, bars all over Nevada have reopened and the casino bars will very much be open), we’re here with the knowledge and facts.
The opening announcement was not without drama. Those of you who followed my suggestion to head to the Review-Journal’s website on the date specified got there to find out that the governor’s 5:30 PM press conference was called off, with just a promise of a video announcement later that evening. Seriously? We all had to cool our heels until well after 9 PM to get a written statement of the June 4 reopening. Don’t get me started…
Let’s dig in on need-to-know stuff:
Masks – Masks are not mandatory in the State of Nevada. However, they are encouraged. Each casino property will decide on their own if masks are mandatory. All will have them available for you at no cost.
Putting aside all the political divide about whether you are a horrible person if you don’t wear one, or a sheep if you do: The bottom line is that Covid-19’s most major path of transmission is on water droplets coming out of someone’s mouth. Which is at its height if people are coughing, spitting while they talk, etc.
Masks don’t exist to stop smell. They exist to stop those water droplets from getting into (or out of) your mouth. Having said that, I’m not advocating them for you. Except in any casinos which will be mandating them, this will be a decision that each person makes for themselves. And, they aren’t 100% effective. You have to pull them down to take a drink, take them off to eat. It is more like a condom. Better than nothing, but certainly (on its own) not a fail-safe method of getting the desired result.
Temperature Checks – This has brought truckloads of questions and some confusion. Especially since May has been hotter than normal, and we’re getting right into the time of year we see 100+ F on a daily basis. And… I’ll let you know of a first-hand experience I had this past week with need-to-know info:
While every property may have a slightly different way of going about things, they will be using a scanner that can scan multiple people as they walk in. If you read high, you will be asked to step aside so they can check your temperature. If you read high, you will be asked to move to an area where you can cool down.
You’ll get 15 minutes to cool off. If you are still reading high at that time, you’ll be offered to get EMT treatment. (Or, to just turn around and leave). After evaluation, they will suggest whether you should go to ER, an Urgent Care, to go get a test, and similar.
So, let’s get into my first-hand experience with this. I had a medical appointment last week on a 108F day, at 3 PM (the height of the heat). I only live a couple of miles from our medical center. Hence, the car did NOT cool much on the drive. I was screened and FAILED the temperature check.
I stepped aside (actually, I was in a wheelchair as I’m still recovering from the broken hip). After probably only four minutes, they went to retake it. Doing some quick thinking, I asked them to hold off just a second. I had a fairly cold bottle of water with me, and I took a few really good gulps. Retested and passed with flying colors, at 98.2F.
My point is, that as long as you don’t actually have a health issue, this should cause very little disruption to your vacation. Plus, drinking some cold water to keep you cooled down won’t hurt.
Shows – This has been a fairly common question. Shows do NOT have an opening date. At issue is trying to comply with current social distancing rules while putting enough people in the audience for the show to make a profit. While we’re big advocates of enjoying a show during each visit, that could easily be a number of weeks off.
Crowding On The Strip – Some are worried that there will be no social distancing on The Strip. As we’ve noted, Las Vegas will maybe be at 30% occupancy. And, that is a high guess in the early stages. Hello elbow room! If some people get into your space, you’ll be able to distance yourself, or simply say “Would you mind giving us some space so we call can stay safe?”
Riots – As of Monday night (as I write this), not an issue. Saturday’s violence was the most violence the state of Nevada has ever seen. We’re simply not a “let’s all go out and bust stuff up” kind of state. Much conjecture involved the thought that the violent protests were organized by out-of-state groups. On Sunday, these groups were STRONGLY warned that it was NOT a good idea to keep pulling these kinds of stunts in the State of Nevada.
We’re still wild west. If our police shoot somebody to stop harm to others, it elicits a collective yawn. (Don’t get me wrong; Officer-involved shootings are taken very seriously, and fully investigated). However, if you are busting up a building, then launching yourself in the direction of the police while you have a tire-iron in your hand, and you get shot, bummer. It isn’t racial. In fact, our Metro police is incredibly diverse. The bottom line is law and order.
Have peaceful gatherings been taking place? Absolutely. With the full cooperation and protection of the police. Which includes the protesters saying where they would like to go, direction they would like to march, and the police suggesting how to do so without causing problems. If something falls under your constitutional right, our Metro officers vow to protect you.
The security of our guests is top priority for both hotel security and our local police. It will not be compromised.
At The End Of The Day…
If you won’t be visiting for a while, stay tuned. We get it. You might be older, in poor health, don’t want to fly, fully believe that a second wave is going to kill millions (and don’t want to be part of it)… whatever floats your boat.
However, the demand is off the charts. While only planning to open two hotels, Caesars Entertainment has bumped it up to three (Harrah’s, Caesars, Flamingo) based on demand. Boyd Gaming initially thought they would keep their downtown properties shuttered. All but Main Street Station are opening NOW. (We love MSS and hope it opens soon). Downtown Grand was holding off. Not anymore.
Temperature checks, masks, not everything open, no shows… we still have pools (yes, open with social distancing), booze, pretty girls and hot guys (waitresses, bartenders and such), and no shortage of gambling. (Based on visitation expectation vs. social distancing for gambling, you should have no shortage of finding the ways to wager you’ve always enjoyed).
As the famed Michael Buffer says, “Let’s Get Ready To Rumble…“.
Hope you are enjoying this issue!
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We have two questions/thoughts, which posted it in our Members Facebook Group. Since not all Members choose to be part of the group, we are posting it with my answer here.
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Ok… I’ve been asked a few questions by others I know whom are contemplating visiting Vegas in the next few months.
One of those questions is about slot machines. Many of them play slots.. which (in my opinion) tends to have a higher house advantage than any of the table games (with the exception of possibly poker slots). If the casinos are down in revenue.. won’t the slots be that much more tighter than ever? Fremont always had looser slots than the strip.. but will this be different during the pandemic era?
There is talk about reducing the number of machines and spreading them out in the casinos… that means less choices to play. Also.. what about the usual casino resort fees.. will they stay the same, go up, or go down? (I do know they eliminated parking fees just recently).
That also goes for the usual charges on drinks, foods, etc. The general thought process from those who’ve I’ve talked to say… tighter slots, more expensive drinks, foods, etc… but they’ll entice you to come and stay by lowering the costs of the rooms. What does everyone else think?
They would be insane to tighten the slots. They are not looking at opening as a way to generate huge cash. They just want something coming in. And, want to show the world (and their stockholders, when applicable) that things are going to be back to normal.
Basically, every other machine will be turned off in many casinos. So, if there are 8 of your fave machines, 4 will be working. Which is no big deal because occupancy will only be (give or take) 25%.
Resort fees unfortunately won’t budge at this time. However, if they are luring you in with a comp, it never hurts to tell them you will take it if they also comp the resort fees.
They have no reason to raise the price of food and beverage. It was already high on The Strip, and Fremont Street will not sully their reputation for being more wallet-friendly.
What will be open on Fremont?
Except for Main Street Station, it appears pretty much everyone is opening back up. Downtown Grand, who had initially stated that they would remain closed, is opening due to demand.
While we initially heard that the live bands could be back on Fremont Street right away, as live entertainment, and given the current social distancing rules, Fremont Street Experience has elected to hold off on that for now. Have no doubt that they will be bringing back the live music as soon as permissible.
For now, what they are indicating is that they will have videos of the bands playing on the stages instead. Or, something along those lines. I guess it is better than nothing for now!
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