This blog usually focuses on fun things to see and do in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, there’s currently a worldwide pandemic with the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19). This is affecting everyone around the world. Stay in touch with local news and authorities to see how your community is dealing with this.
Since this is a Las Vegas blog we’ll share some current info in Las Vegas. We’ll also share links so you can keep up to date in case you have plans to visit Las Vegas.
Coronavirus Recent Updates
We’ll be sharing Las Vegas casino Coronavirus recent changes at the top of this post:
- Gov. Sisolak orders statewide closure of all non-essential businesses, including casinos
- The Venetian and The Palazzo will be closed until at least April 1
- Caesars Las Vegas casinos will remain open
- The Cosmopolitan is closed for the rest of March
- MGM Resorts Las Vegas casinos are closed. The soonest they’ll take reservations is May 1. All shows and restaurants are closed.
- Cirque du Soleil Suspends Vegas Shows
- Wynn and Encore are closed for at least two weeks
- Station Casinos remain open in a limited capacity
- Boyd Gaming casinos in Las Vegas remain open
- No other Las Vegas casinos have been closed.
The Nevada Independent has live blogs focusing on the economic and health impact in Nevada as it relates to the Coronavirus outbreak. These are both great resources to stay in touch with how Las Vegas is being affected.
Las Vegas Event Cancellations And Postponements
Large gatherings around the world are being postponed or canceled entirely. Even if an event isn’t in Las Vegas, there may be an impact.
For example, the NBA, NHL, and MLB have postponed their season. Other leagues and teams are following. Casino sportsbooks are quiet since there are no games to watch and wager on besides golf.
The Pac 12 conference has canceled its conference basketball tournament at T-Mobile Arena. Since the NHL has suspended games, the Vegas Golden Knights won’t be playing games anytime soon.
We could see more events scheduled for T-Mobile Arena canceled soon. LiveNation is already canceling or postponing some of its national tours. They have multiple venues in Las Vegas including the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay and Foundry at Sahara Las Vegas.
NAB (National Association of Broadcasters), CinemaCon, the nightclub and bar conference have all been canceled. The NFL is considering options for the draft in April. Hotel room rates are dropping while the public waits for answers.
Discount Rooms Could Be On The Way
While you may not want to travel to Las Vegas right now, there could be some discounts available for hotel rooms in the future. Visitation is already slowing down and the casinos and resorts will be looking to bring people back to Las Vegas.
Discounting room prices is one way to draw more interest. During the last economic recession, I was able to afford rooms at luxury hotels I normally couldn’t pay for. This could happen again if the Coronavirus outbreak doesn’t slow down soon. Discount rates can always be found on TravelVegas.com here.
MGM Resorts Impacted
MGM Resorts was the first casino to report a guest with Coronavirus. The company released this statement about the case at The Mirage.
MGM Resorts will be closing its buffets on Sunday, March 15. Casinos affected are:
Additionally, Mandalay Bay is closing or cutting hours at some restaurants temporarily. Eater reports that Aureole, Fleur, and Mizuya will close on Sunday. Libertine Social will have its hours cut.
The lounge at Mandalay Bay is having its hours cut. MGM Resorts is considering the same for other properties according to Johnny Kats from the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Expect to see other Las Vegas casinos follow MGM Resorts’ lead.
Caesars Merger Might Fall Through
The stock market is dropping fast. This will impact personal and business finances. Banks might not want to lend large sums of money. The merger between Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment could be in trouble if there isn’t financing available according to the NY Post.
Whether this deal happens or not, Caesars will be effected. This is something to keep an eye on for anyone that prefers to stay at Caesars casinos because of the rewards program.
Coronavirus Changes Every Few Minutes
The Coronavirus outbreak is happening so quickly that there’s new information popping up every few minutes it seems. Keep an eye on the Nevada Independent live blogs to see how the Silver State is being affected by this pandemic:
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.
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