Bruno Mars returns to the Las Vegas residence in July

It looks like pop music superstar Bruno Mars will be the first headliner to re-launch residences on the Strip when he performs at the Park Theater in Park MGM on the fourth weekend of July. Mars will perform on July 3rd, 4th, 9th, 10th, 23rd and 24th. Tickets that go on sale at 7 a.m. Hawaii time Friday start at $ 99.50. Go to ticketmaster.com.

If everything goes according to plan, the Mars Usher will bump into it from the first point. Usher is scheduled to open on July 16 at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

Increased capacity: Starting this week, capacity will increase from 50% in Las Vegas casinos, restaurants and bars to 80%. In addition, social distancing requirements will be reduced from 6 feet to half to 3 feet, adult entertainment options can once again be fully reopened, and restaurants will be allowed to book groups of 12, which is double the limit.

The plan is for limits to be lifted entirely (with the exception of major events, which have slightly stricter restrictions) if 60% of Clark County’s 1.8 million residents have been vaccinated at least once and the COVID-19 positivity levels are below set values ​​remain. June 1st is the planned target for a return to 100% capacity. From now on, masks must be worn in almost all indoor spaces.

Buffets allowed: In addition to the above changes, buffets are allowed to return using the traditional self-service format. No new openings have been announced to date and still only two casinos – South Point and Cosmopolitan – have operating buffets, both in a staff-served format.

Jackpots also: Megabucks was hit for $ 10.5 million in South Point last week. It was the first Megabucks jackpot since December. Interestingly, a jackpot of $ 2.1 million was hit the day before on a Monopoly Millionaire machine in the Cosmopolitan. Hmm, South Point and Cosmo, the same two casinos with the only buffets in Las Vegas.

Question: How long has this column been running?

Reply: This question was asked for that particular week. Why? Because as crazy as it sounds, that’s column number 1,300. With one per week (yes, there was never a mistake) that’s 25 years. Thank you for reading!

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