Las Vegas starts at 100% capacity on the first weekend since the pandemic restrictions went into effect

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – Head down the Las Vegas Strip this weekend or visit any casino in town and you will likely see crowds like we haven’t seen since the pandemic.

The first weekend in the city begins on Friday with 100% occupancy.

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The pandemic-related restrictions were lifted across Clark County on June 1, and hotels, restaurants and other businesses are smoothly adapting to their pre-pandemic practices.

“We have been constantly training and hiring people to reopen the restaurants,” said Stephen Thayer, vice president and general manager of the Strat Hotel-Casino.

The Strat is one of several casinos that has been operating at 100% capacity for several weeks and received the green light from the Nevada Gaming Control Board before the county reopened completely.

“It feels like Vegas was used to it at the time,” he said. An achievement that lasted almost a year.

“It’s been an interesting trip this year,” said Thayer. “Lots of highs and certainly lots of lows, but we’re happy to be here.”

On Friday, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority announced a giant fireworks display over the Las Vegas Strip on July 4th, similar to the one that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to the valley on New Year’s Eve.

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“We’re not going to close the Strip, so the Strip will be open and when the fireworks start at 11 am you can see them from anywhere in town,” said LVCVA vice president of marketing and sales Fletch Brunelle.

Thayer says the Strat couldn’t be happier to be part of the celebration and they are already preparing for the event.

“We follow all guidelines and make it as safe as possible for everyone and we think Las Vegas in general is a very safe place,” said Thayer.

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