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Caesars’ Rio Hotel & Casino to reopen in time for Christmas


Caesars Entertainment’s Las-Vegas based Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino will resume operations on December 22, the operator’s final property in the US and Canada to reopen following its novel coronavirus (Covid-19) shutdown.

The hotel will accommodate weekend stays from Thursday to Monday, while the gaming floor will reopen seven days a week. The opening will also see comedy-magic duo Penn & Teller return to the venue.

The property will also see a broad variety of its restaurants, bars, lounges, and retail facilities reopen, as well as its fitness center.

In gaming, the keno lounge, slot machines and table games will return to operation, and Caesars will take the opportunity of reopening to showcase its newly rebranded William Hill race and sports book.

As in its other properties, Rio has implemented Caesars’ new health and safety protocols, including high standards of sanitation and social distancing measures.

The operator has also implemented a health screening program for its employees, and they and guests will be required to wear face coverings in the venue.

“As the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino prepares to resume operations on December 22, this marks the final Caesars Entertainment resort to reopen in the US and Canada,” said Anthony Carano, president and chief operating officer of Caesars Entertainment.

“The past nine months have been filled with challenges, as well as opportunities including the merging of our two gaming companies to form the new Caesars Entertainment,” he said. “We recognize the incredible effort it has taken to reopen our resorts and get us to this important milestone, and we look forward to welcoming our team members and guests back to Rio with their health and safety still top of mind.”

Caesars reopened it penultimate Las Vegas property, The Cromwell, in October, following the resumption of business at Caesars’ Harrah’s Las Vegas, Paris Las Vegas, Bally’s Las Vegas, The LINQ Hotel + Experience and Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Caesars was acquired by Eldorado in July in a $17.3bn mega-merger, creating a business with over 55 casino properties in its portfolio.