Casino operator MGM Resorts International has announced that it will resume entertainment events at its properties in Las Vegas, Nevada from November 6.
All casinos in the state were forced to cancel entertainment for almost eight months due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, with regulations banning events introduced in mid-March.
However, following the reopening of Nevada’s land-based casinos in June, restrictions have been relaxed further to allow entertainment shows to return from next month.
The initial phase of entertainment will allow for a maximum audience of 250 guests, physically distanced at six feet between parties and a minimum of 25 feet from on-stage performers.
“After eight months, it’s time to bring entertainment back to the Entertainment Capital of the World,” MGM Resorts’ president of entertainment and sports George Kliavkoff said “While there is still a long road in our city’s recovery, the reintroduction of these shows is an important first step.
“November 6 is going to feel very special as we welcome back team members and guests and bring the curtains up for that first time.”
MGM plans to return seven live shows at its MGM Grand, Luxor and Excalibur.
This will include magician David Copperfield at the MGM Grand, comedian Carrot Top at the Luxor and tribute act the Australian Bee Gees at the Excalibur.
In July, MGM Resorts posted a net loss of $50.4m for the first half of the year, as the temporary closure of its casinos due to Covid-19 hit revenue. Net revenue for the six months to June 30 amounted to $2.54bn, down 60.3% from H1 of 2019.