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From The Iconic Strip And Beyond: What Reopening Looks Like In Las Vegas




People on scooters ride on the quiet Las Vegas Strip, where most businesses have been closed since March 17 in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, on May 24, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
People on scooters ride on the quiet Las Vegas Strip, where most businesses have been closed since March 17 in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, on May 24, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Casinos from Lake Tahoe to Laughlin started announcing plans Wednesday to lure back customers beginning June 4, with one downtown Las Vegas hotel owner buying more than 1,000 one-way airline tickets to boost interest around the country.

The promotions began the morning after Gov. Steve Sisolak lifted the casino shut-down order he imposed in mid-March to prevent people from spreading the coronavirus. Not all properties will open at first and business will probably start slowly, said Virginia Valentine, president of the Nevada Resorts Association. Nightlife will be limited. Casino giant MGM Resorts said it will reopen its Bellagio, New York-New York and MGM Grand resorts, and its Signature gambling-free towers. Caesars Entertainment will reopen Caesars Palace and the Flamingo in Las Vegas and its Harrah’s properties in Lake Tahoe and Laughlin. The Cosmopolitan emphasized its open-air balconies over the Las Vegas Strip. Employees will be required to wear face masks at most of Nevada’s 459 major gambling properties, and guests at many will be given free masks. Regulators want them to be encouraged to wear them.

Today on AirTalk, we discuss the parameters of reopening areas in Nevada. Would you be open to going to a casino or resort any time soon with restrictions in place? Share your thoughts by calling 866-893-5722. 

With files from the Associated Press

Guests: 

Joe Schoenmann, news director and host of State of Nevada, the daily talk show on KNPR, our sister affiliate in Las Vegas, Nev.; he tweets @joedowntownlv

Hal Kempfer, CEO of GRIP (Global Risk Intelligence and Planning), a management consulting firm based in Long Beach; former Marine intelligence officer who’s conducted baseline training for major military commands and Southern California school systems on pandemic preparedness, he tweets @kippinc