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Planning a Visit to Las Vegas When Hotels, Casinos Reopen? Here are the rules you need to know

Planning a visit next week to post-pandemic Las Vegas? 

Expect to get your temperature checked.

Nevada gaming authorities released a set of rules before Las Vegas Strip properties open in the wake of the coronavirus shutdown next week – and mandatory temperature checks are part of the Phase 2 reopening program, reported the Reno Gazette Journal, which is part of the USA TODAY Network.

The updated guidelines were released Wednesday after a workshop meeting between health and public safety officials and the state’s Gaming Control Board.

Several Las Vegas hotel-casinos – including Caesars Palace, Bellagio, MGM Grand and Wynn Resorts – announced their official reopening date as June 4. 

Here’s what you need to know before hotel-casinos reopen:

Temperature checks

All guests must have their temperatures taken on arrival, and properties must have medical crews on site at all times. 

There must be designated areas where visitors can be tested for COVID-19 and wait for results. 

Masks available on request

Casinos companies such as Wynn Resorts, MGM and Caesars Entertainment announced all employees will be required to wear masks at all times.

The Gaming Control Board requires all properties to have masks available for quests, who will be strongly encouraged to wear them.


Don’t expect to grab a slot machine next to your sweetheart or best friend. 

Gambling in the time of COVID-19 will be more solitary, and occupancy limits in gaming areas will be cut in half.

Tourists will see chairs and stools in front of every other gaming machine.

Properties must regularly disinfect gaming machines, chairs and other equipment.

Dealers will even offer card players a complimentary pump of hand sanitizer between hands.

Crowd police 

Social distancing will be an everyday part of resort life.

Gathering in groups – at one time a staple of the Las Vegas experience – will be prohibited.  

Gaming authorities want casino employees to make sure guests don’t bunch together. 

Checking in, waiting for a table

All restaurants, bars and shops and the casino floor will have plenty of signs reminding guests about distancing.

Some properties will use plexiglass barriers where distancing is a challenge.

At MGM properties, a contactless check-in system through the MGM Resorts App will allow hotel guests to go through the process on their personal devices with minimal interactions. 

At restaurants, guests can expect digital menus to view on mobile devices. To stop groups congregating while they wait for a table, texts will notify guests when their seats are ready. 

All clubs will remain closed

Don’t expect to hit the clubs, as they’ll stay shuttered until further notice.

Airlines pledge to add service

American Airlines plans to boost its service into Las Vegas to 14 flights a day, up from 10, starting June 4, spokesman Ross Feinstein said. The airline offers nonstop flights to Vegas from Charlotte, North Carolina; Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Phoenix and Miami.

Southwest and United said they will add back service to Las Vegas as demand warrants.

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