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How Casinos on the Las Vegas Strip Welcomed Back Customers After Reopening

Scenes from opening day on June 4

The Venetian
The Venetian
Erik Kabik

Gov. Steve Sisolak shut down casinos across Nevada for 78 days starting on March 17 to prevent the spread of coronavirus, leaving 485,525 unemployed statewide through the week ending May 30. More than 360 people died in Clark County, with 7,592 diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the latest numbers from Johns Hopkins University.

As casinos closed, so did activity on the Strip, the main thoroughfare for gambling in Las Vegas. The Fountains at Bellagio stopped dancing to music. Some of the famous Strip marquees such at the Mirage went dark for a while. Bicyclists and families of geese took over the once jam-packed Las Vegas Boulevard, where four miles of neon glowed to few visitors. The city waited to reopen.

On Thursday, June 4, a new hope brought the city back to life as casinos reopened their doors looking quite different. Limited capacity, social distancing, barriers, and hand sanitizer stations to continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19 became the norm. While staff at casinos must wear masks, customers can choose whether to cover their faces. Some casinos even scan guests’ temperature before allowing admission.

Tourists, the lifeblood of the city’s main industry, hospitality, returned to Las Vegass, where the flip of a card or roll of the dice determine fortunes. Visitors drove in from California, which brings an estimated 25 percent of tourism to the state, and flew in from afar. They checked into hotel rooms, ate at restaurants, drank at bars, and wandered through the new look of a city ready to return and face its newest heartache in the face.

No, Las Vegas didn’t return to normal. It did so at 50 percent capacity at best. But already fresh signs of life emerge as more casinos announce plans to reopen, returning hope to the city.

And as Las Vegas is so good at doing, it reopened with style. Here’s a look at how some of the resorts across the Las Vegas Strip welcomed back sorely missed visitors.

A bartender stands behind the bar at Petrossian at the Bellagio
A bartender stands behind the bar at Petrossian at the Bellagio
Louiie Victa
Customers at Petrossian Bar at the Bellagio
Customers at Petrossian Bar at the Bellagio
Louiie Victa
Petrossian Bar at the Bellagio
Petrossian Bar at the Bellagio
Louiie Victa
The piano entertainment returned to Petrossian Bar at the Bellagio
The piano entertainment returned to Petrossian Bar at the Bellagio
Louiie Victa
Sadelle’s at the Bellagio on opening day
Sadelle’s at the Bellagio on opening day
Louiie Victa
Customers dine at Sadelle’s at the Bellagio
Customers dine at Sadelle’s at the Bellagio
Louiie Victa
A server shows diners how to use the QR code to access the menu at Sadelle’s
A server shows diners how to use the QR code to access the menu at Sadelle’s
Louiie Victa
A bartender works at Sadelle’s at the Bellagio
A bartender works at Sadelle’s at the Bellagio
Louiie Victa
A chef expedites dishes at Noodles at the Bellagio
A chef expedites dishes at Noodles at the Bellagio
Louiie Victa
A look at the lunch crowd at Noodles at the Bellagio on June 4
A look at the lunch crowd at Noodles at the Bellagio on June 4
Louiie Victa
Customers at Noodles at the Bellagio on June 4.
Customers at Noodles at the Bellagio on June 4.
Louiie Victa
Employees at the Venetian welcome in guests on June 4.
Employees at the Venetian welcome in guests on June 4.
Erik Kabik
A bartender makes a cocktail at the Venetian
A bartender makes a cocktail at the Venetian
Erik Kabik
A gondolier wears a mask while customers do not at the Venetian.
A gondolier wears a mask while customers do not at the Venetian.
Erik Kabik
Staff dressed as Julius Caesars and Cleopatra help Caesars Palace reopen on June 4.
Staff dressed as Julius Caesars and Cleopatra help Caesars Palace reopen on June 4.
Denise Truscello
Singer Wayne Newton helped Caesars Palace reopen on June 4.
Singer Wayne Newton helped Caesars Palace reopen on June 4.
Denise Truscello
Showgirls helped the Flamingo Las Vegas reopen.
Showgirls helped the Flamingo Las Vegas reopen on June 4.
Denise Truscello
Staff greet customers returning to Wynn Las Vegas.
Staff greet customers returning to Wynn Las Vegas.
Wynn Las Vegas

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Caesars Palace

3570 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (866) 227-5938 Visit Website

The Palazzo

3325 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89109 (702) 607-7777 Visit Website

The Venetian

3355 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89109 (702) 414-1000 Visit Website

Wynn Las Vegas

3131 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89109 (702) 770-7000 Visit Website

Bellagio

3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (888) 987-6667 Visit Website

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