While casinos get ready to reopen on Thursday, nightclubs and pool parties remain closed until they get the OK to debut from Gov. Steve Sisolak. Wynn Resorts placed its staff at XS Nightclub and Encore Beach Club on temporary furlough starting on June 4.
Employees at the resort’s water-based show Le Reve and in the poker room also go on temporary furlough. The company plans to pay full benefits until all can reopen. Wynn paid its entire staff while the resort was closed.
Previously, Drai’s Nightclub at the Cromwell laid off all of its employees, who were previously furloughed. The nightclub tells FOX 5 that it hopes to reopen sometime this summer. “…under Governor Sisolak’s phased opening plan we do not have a clear understanding when nightclubs will reopen. Our hope, like so many of us in Las Vegas, is that this era will end soon so that we can return our team to work.”
In March, Hakkasan Group laid off 1,600 workers, but paid employees their salaries and health benefits through the end of March. Hakkasan-led nightclubs and restaurants include its flagship Hakkasan Restaurant and Nightclub at the MGM Grand, as well as Wet Republic Ultra Pool and Level Up, the gaming lounge; Omnia Nightclub and Searsucker at Caesars Palace; and Jewel Nightclub and Liquid Pool Lounge at Aria. Wet Republic just went through a major renovation to open pool season. All closed on March 12.
Tao Group temporarily laid off its staff at Tao Asian Bistro and Tao Nightclub at the Venetian, Lavo at the Palazzo, and Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub and Beauty & Essex at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. All of those nightclubs closed on March 13 and restaurants closed on March 16. Tao Beach never planned to open in 2020 as it went through a yearlong renovation.
The Nevada Gaming Control Board issued guidelines for casinos to resume gaming operations, and nightclubs and dayclub pool parties at a casino must remain closed, although pools can reopen with seating arranged with social distancing in mind.