Pool parties and nightclubs were two of the first venues to close when the coronavirus pandemic started in Nevada in March. And while the Nevada Gaming Control Board says neither can return in their former form quite yet, that hasn’t stopped resorts on the Las Vegas Strip from bringing toned down versions of the pool party and nightclubs back.
Encore Beach Club at Encore Las Vegas turned into a temporary extension of the pools at the resort. Encore Beach Pool requires visitors to be age 21 and older and make reservations in advance. Non-hotel visitors must book a daybed or cabana to get in. Instead of deejays and wild parties, the venue features ambient music and food and drink options every Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
At Wynn Las Vegas, Intrigue, which closed as a nightclub last year, returns as a lounge open Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m. The setting includes a waterfall and patio, but again, no deejay, just music. Intrigue recommends reservations for those 21 and over.
Go Pool already reopened at the Flamingo Las Vegas with more of a party scene, and a video on social media showed long lines of customers waiting to get in. The pool is open to hotel guests 21 and over daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Due to social distancing protocols and capacity restrictions, there may be a wait to enter the pool, the resort notes.
At the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Marquee Dayclub returns on June 19 as Marquee Pool. Reservations are required for customers 21 and older who want “an amplified, more mature daytime pool experience.” The venue plans to feature food, specialty cocktails, and bottle service along with a DJ spinning. Marquee Pool will be open from 11 a.m. until sunset Friday through Sunday, and daybeds, cabanas, and tables will be available.
Gov. Steve Sisolak closed casinos on March 17 to curb the spread of COVID-19. The Nevada Gaming Control Board issued guidelines to resorts to reopen that include maintaining 50 percent capacity, masks on staff, cleaning protocols, and social distancing throughout the casino. Casinos were permitted to reopen across the state on June 4.