Ever since Gov. Steve Sisolak closed nonessential businesses — including dine-in restaurants, bars, and casinos — in Nevada on March 17 to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the questions have been: when will restaurants and casinos reopen and what will they look like?
Casinos officially reopened on June 4 with restrictions. Casinos can only open at 50 percent capacity and will need to limit the number of people allowed inside. The Nevada Gaming Control Board also recommends frequent hand washing by staff, cleaning and social distancing at table games and slot machines, hand sanitizer available to visitors, and training on COVID-19 safety and disinfection protocols in English and Spanish for staff.
The board notes its guidelines represent minimum requirements that should be followed, and casinos can develop their own requirements.
Restaurants in casinos also will need to rearrange seating with social distancing protocols.
Nightclubs and dayclub pool parties at a casino must remain closed, although pools can reopen with seating arranged with social distancing in mind. Some former pool parties already reopened as extensions of pools at resorts, open to those 21 plus.
Masks are now mandatory for customers at restaurants and bars as they enter and exit and when they move around the business.
Sisolak reclosed bars that do not serve food on July 10 to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Casinos and resorts Circus Circus and Tropicana, and from Boyd Gaming announced layoffs, while Wynn plans to furlough some staff.
Encore and Park MGM both closed their hotels on weekdays, at least through December.
To keep track of these ever-changing moves, follow this frequently updated guide to casinos reopening in Las Vegas, with relevant stories posted below.