Four casinos owned by Station Casinos remain closed, and now CEO Frank Fertitta III says the Palms, Texas Station, Fiesta Henderson, and Fiesta Rancho will remain closed until tourism returns. Last March, the state shut down all nonessential businesses, including casinos, for 78 days to help stop the spread of COVID 19. On June 4, casinos statewide could reopen, but those four stayed shut.
The Palms on the west side of the Strip underwent a $690 million renovation that wrapped up more than 10 months before the shutdown. The renovations brought new restaurants from celebrity chefs such as Bobby Flay and his seafood restaurant Shark; Michael Symon’s Mabel’s BBQ and Sara’s, the speakeasy inside it; and the Italian restaurant Vetri Cucina from Philadelphia chef Marc Vetri on the 56th floor of the resort, along with Tim Ho Wan and its menu of Cantonese-style dim sum and Scotch 80 Prime, the steakhouse.
Texas Station and Fiesta Rancho in North Las Vegas and Fiesta Henderson rely on locals for business, many of whom fall in the 65 and older demographic, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Their re-openings await the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 269,657 people, or 8.8 percent of the population, received the first dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, and 62,654, or 2 percent of the population, received both doses as of February 7.
In Clark County, health-care providers, public safety and security workers, front-line community support such as educators, and those age 70 and over can be vaccinated.
The Southern Nevada Health District reports 3,168 new COVID-19 cases in the past seven days.
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