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MGM aims to reopen Las Vegas casinos on June 4


MGM Resorts International has announced plans to reopen its casinos in Las Vegas on June 4, in line with measures set out by Governor Steve Sisolak.

The Bellagio, New York-New York, MGM Grand Las Vegas and The Signature are scheduled to reopen next week, though amenities at all of the properties will be limited due to the ongoing novel coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.

MGM said the casinos would also operate in line with its seven-point safety plan, set out earlier this month to ensure the safety of all customers and employees.

Key initiatives include staff screening, temperature checks and Covid-19 specific training, as well as a requirement for employees to wear face masks, the roll out of social distancing measures across casino sites and the installation of plexiglass barriers where physical distancing is not possible.

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

“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.”

Among the amenities set to reopen at the Bellagio will be the Conservatory, the new Japanese Spring Garden, certain food and beverage facilities and the Salon and Fitness Center.

New York-New York will reopen a range of bars and dining facilities, as well as the Big Apple Roller Coaster and Big Apple Arcade and Hershey’s Chocolate World. MGM Grand and The Signature will also open with a limited number of amenities.

Confirmation of MGM’s reopening in the state comes after Governor Sislak set a target date of June 4 for Nevada casinos to recommence activities. All casinos would be required to operate in line with new guidelines set out by the Nevada Gaming Control Board, including limiting customer occupancy to 50%.

Caesars Entertainment had already revealed its intention to resume gaming and hospitality operations in Las Vegas at its Caesars Palace and Flamingo properties once state officials give operators the green light.

The Cosmopolitan has also set out plans to reopen on June 4, while the Venetian, Wynn Las Vegas and Encore, as well as off-Strip casino operated by Boyd Gaming and Station Casinos, are preparing to resume activities in the coming weeks.