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Employees at Five Las Vegas Restaurants on and Off the Strip Test Positive for COVID-19

The restaurants all closed, cleaned, and tested employees

OJ Simpson photo bombs a photo of “Real Housewives of Orange County” Emily Simpson and friends at Jing on Thursday.
OJ Simpson photo bombs a photo of “Real Housewives of Orange County” Emily Simpson and friends at Jing on Thursday.
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The past week, a few restaurants closed due to employees testing positive for COVID-19.

One resort, the Flamingo Las Vegas, reported that it started contact tracking protocols on Thursday after identifying two COVID-19 positive cases. Parent company Caesars Entertainment did not reveal whether guests or employees tested positive. The Flamingo was one of the first resorts to open on June 4 after Gov. Steve Sisolak and the Nevada Gaming Control Board allowed casinos to reopen in Nevada. On July 2, the resort plans to open its new restaurant, Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse.

An employee at Wolfgang Puck Players Locker at Downtown Summerlin tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. “To ensure continued safety of our employees and guests, we have temporally closed the restaurant for additional sanitation protocols,” a spokesperson for the restaurant says. “The employee is self-quarantining and we are having all employees tested. The health and safety of our staff and guests has been and remains of utmost importance.”

An employee who had not worked at Beauty & Essex at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas since June 7 tested positive for COVID-19. “Out of an abundance of caution, we immediately notified the Southern Nevada Health District to begin the process of contact tracing and inform those employees and guests who may have potentially been exposed,” parent company Tao Group said in a statement. “Additionally, we elected to test all team members who may have been in contact with the employee. The decision was made to temporarily close while awaiting the results of those tests, and in the interim, the venue has been fully sanitized and deep cleaned by certified experts in preparation for reopening. The safety and security of our guests and employees continues to be our top priority.”

Three employees at Jing at Downtown Summerlin reported “presumptive positive” cases of COVID-19. The restaurant closed on Sunday through Thursday, with a meeting on Monday, June 22, for a “wellness day” to train staff on health and safety measures and implementing new COVID-19 procedures, including new signs throughout the restaurant, spacing out tables and chairs, offering free masks to dinners, requiring a digital temperature check for all staff and patrons, adding hand sanitizer dispensers, and requiring the entire staff to undergo testing. Those employees who tested positive are required to quarantine for 14 days. No one can return to work unless they test negative for COVID-19.

That news came after Real Housewives of Orange County personality Emily Simpson dined at the restaurant on Thursday night with friendss.

Three employees at Northside Cafe & Chinese Kitchen at the Sahara Las Vegas tested positive for COVID-19, and the resort tested all employees at the restaurant for COVID-19 after learning of the test results and started contact tracing. “Out of caution, the balance of the Northside team has been sent to be tested for the virus, which has led to closure of the venue until test results are made available. Negative test results will be needed for team members to return to work.”

An employee at Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar at the Linq tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday. Caesars Entertainment did not say when the worker tested positive or when the restaurant will reopen.

Last Wednesday, an employee at The Mayfair Supper Club at the Bellagio tested positive for COVID-19. That restaurant reopened over the weekend.

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The Mayfair Supper Club

3600 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89109 (702) 693-8876 Visit Website

Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

3708 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (702) 698-7000 Visit Website

Beauty & Essex

3708 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89109 (702) 737-0707 Visit Website

Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen & Bar

3535 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (800) 351-7400

The Linq

3545 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (866) 328-1888 Visit Website

Northside Cafe

2535 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (855) 761-7763 Visit Website

Sahara Las Vegas

2535 Las Vegas Blvd. S. , Las Vegas, NV 89109

Flamingo Las Vegas

3555 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (702) 733-3111 Visit Website


10955 Oval Park Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89135 725-735-7172 Visit Website

JING Las Vegas

10975 Oval Park Drive, , NV 89135 (702) 333-1512 Visit Website

Downtown Summerlin

1980 Festival Plaza Drive, , NV 89135 (702) 832-1000 Visit Website

Wolfgang Puck Players Locker

10955 Oval Park Drive, , NV 89135 (702) 202-6300 Visit Website