The larger casino corporations like Caesars Entertainment are only opening a limited number of properties at first. Initially, the company planned on only opening Caesars Palace and the Flamingo Las Vegas. Harrah’s (hotel and casino) and The Linq (only casino) were planned to open next in the not too distant future. That’s changed.
Due to overwhelming demand, Harrah’s opened just a day after Caesars Palace and Flamingo. Additionally, many venues at The Linq promenade – including the High Roller Observation Wheel – have opened.
Caesars Las Vegas Openings
Upon opening, both Caesars Palace, the Flamingo, and Harrah’s are offering lodging, dining options, access to their outdoor pools, and no parking fees. Each of the casinos will be open with social distancing at their respective slot machines and table games.
“Initial customer demand to visit the Las Vegas Strip has been much stronger than anticipated, triggering our decision to reopen Harrah’s Las Vegas, in addition to Caesars Palace, Flamingo and LINQ Promenade, next week,” said Tony Rodio, CEO, Caesars Entertainment.
“We look forward to welcoming back guests and employees to a casino resort environment where our enhanced health and safety protocols will be highly visible, including social distancing, frequent cleaning and sanitizing throughout the properties, as well as daily health screenings for all employees who will be at work,” Rodio added.
Dining Options At Caesars Palace and Flamingo Las Vegas
Not all amenities in each casino are open. For example, shows are still closed for the time being. However, Caesars properties have plenty of options available. One of the biggest questions is about access to the pools. Yes – the pools are open at the Caesars properties so guests can enjoy the 100+ degree temperatures while taking a dip.
Here are some of the drinking and dining options – note that most are only open for limited hours:
- Gordon Ramsay HELL’S KITCHEN (dinner only)
- Old Homestead Steakhouse
- Vanderpump Cocktail Garden
- Café Americano
- Vista Lounge
- Venus Pool
- Spanish Steps Bar
- Lobby Bar
- Montecristo Cigar Bar
- DiFara Pizza
- A selection of retail and restaurant outlets at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace
Flamingo Las Vegas and The Linq Promenade
- X Bar
- Bugsy’s Bar
- Pizza To Go
- Beach Club Resort Pool and GO Pool
- A selection of The LINQ Promenade’s retail and restaurant outlets
- High Roller Observation Wheel (12 p.m. – 12 a.m., daily)
Most of the eateries at Harrah’s are also open. This will be the debut of Buddy Valastro’s PizzaCake and the recently refreshed Ruth’s Chris Steak House.
New Safety Protocols at Caesars Casinos
Caesars Palace, Flamingo, and Harrah’s are implementing the Caesars previously announced health and safety protocols. Hotel guests will undergo temperature screening immediately prior to check-in. In addition to social distancing practices, the extra cleaning will improve the company’s existing plans and practices at its Las Vegas properties.
Here’s a short video about health and cleaning at Caesars Las Vegas properties that was released prior to the casinos opening.
Health and safety improvements aren’t limited to guests. The staff at each of the Caesars Las Vegas properties has been educated on the new directives. Caesars Entertainment says that health screenings have been conducted on all employees before they returned to work. Further, employees are being screened every workday.
Employees are required to wear masks at work. Guests are “strongly encouraged” to wear masks as well. Guests aren’t required to wear a mask at Caesars Entertainment properties if they would rather not.
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.