Novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has taken a major hold on the way Las Vegas restaurants and nightclubs are operating. Every casino in Nevada closed, and restaurants across Las Vegas either added delivery and takeout service or temporarily shuttered, hoping to ride out the pandemic. Restaurants can now offer prepackaged liquor with their takeout orders.
Smaller restaurants that opened in the two months before March 17, when Gov. Steve Sisolak ordered all nonessential businesses to close, soldier on with takeout and delivery. In the southwestern neighborhoods of Las Vegas, restaurants turned into makeshift markets or selling essentials, as well as pivoting to takeout and delivery. Even McCarran International Airport slimmed down its dining options.
Restaurants were allowed to resume dine-in service on May 9, and casinos reopened on June 4. Bars reopened on September 20. As of October 1, groups of 250 or 50 percent of the venue’s occupancy, whichever is smaller, can get together in a venue. On November 24, the state “paused” reopening and forced restaurants to reduce to 25 percent capacity with a maximum of four people per table and mandatory reservations. That mandate remains in place through February 14.
To keep Las Vegans fed, Eater Vegas has a roster of maps and guides spanning coffee shops with drive-thrus and restaurants serving after midnight to guides to takeout and delivery in Mountain’s Edge, Water Street in Henderson, Silverado Ranch, and Chinatown, with more publishing daily. For even more information, check out this guide to eating and drinking during the coronavirus pandemic.
Eater will continue to track the effects of coronavirus in the Las Vegas restaurant scene. Feel free to email the Eater Vegas tipline with reduced hours at restaurants or other coronavirus news as it pertains to the food and beverage industry.