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MGM Resorts to reopen Aria, Luxor & Mandalay Bay for summer


MGM Resorts International has announced plans to reopen three more of its Las Vegas casinos in the coming weeks as the business emerges from the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) enforced shutdown.

Under the proposal, Luxor and The Shoppes at Mandalay Bay Place will reopen on June 25 at 10 am PST.

They will be followed by Aria at 10 am PST, then Mandalay Bay and Four Seasons Las Vegas at 11 am PST on July 1.

The news follows the first wave of casinos reopening across Las Vegas last week, after being ordered to close from March 17 amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Properties will be expected to follow the Nevada Gaming Control Board’s guidelines for reopening casinos, limiting the number of players allowed to a maximum 50% occupancy.

In addition to the NGCB’s guidelines, MGM has published its own seven-point safety plan.

This sees the operator introduce Covid-19 specific training & testing for employees, social distancing guidelines for guests, additional hygiene precautions, and an increasingly digital experience which will see guests able to check in, read restaurant menus and do more on their own devices, limiting the amount of contact required with resort staff.

Some amenities will remain unavailable in the meantime; valet parking will be replaced by complimentary self-parking, for example, but guests will still be able to take advantage of pool areas, fine dining and, of course, the gaming floor.

“It was exciting and emotional to see the energy in Las Vegas last week as we welcomed back our employees and reopened our doors to guests for the first time in months,” said Bill Hornbuckle, MGM Resorts’ acting CEO and president.

“Our guests are having a great time and are thrilled to be back in the city they love. We are eager to get more of our employees back to work and enhance the Las Vegas experience with additional resorts.”

In addition to the above resorts, The Excalibur is expected to reopen tomorrow (June 11), becoming the operator’s fifth property in the state to resume business.

Last week on June 4, MGM reopened The Bellagio, New York-New York, MGM Grand Las Vegas and The Signature Las Vegas, also in line with its seven-point safety plan.

The operator has also been reopening properties outside Nevada, with Gold Strike Casino Resort in Tunica, Mississippi reopening to the public on May 25, and the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi following on June 1.