MGM Resorts Las Vegas Strip casinos are licensed for full capacity with no social distancing restrictions

LAS VEGAS – MGM Resorts has received approval to bring nine Las Vegas Strip resorts back to full casino capacity with no social distancing restrictions.

Due to MGM Resorts’ work to vaccinate its workforce, a waiver by the Nevada Gaming Control Board was granted that only applies to gaming days.

While Game Days may return to 100% full, restaurants, pools, and other non-gaming areas and activities will be subject to the current 80 percent occupancy restrictions and three foot social distancing guidelines.

Here are the properties that may be back to full capacity:

  • Bellagio Resort & Casino
  • ARIA Resort & Casino
  • MGM Grand Hotel & Casino
  • Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
  • Park MGM
  • The Mirage Hotel & Casino
  • New York-New York Hotel & Casino
  • Luxor Hotel and Casino
  • Excalibur Hotel & Casino

Some health and safety protocols will continue, including applicable mask mandates, based on regulatory requirements and expert guidance, the company said on Wednesday.

“This is another major milestone in Las Vegas’ incredible recovery and testament to the importance of vaccination in efforts to fully reopen our community,” said Bill Hornbuckle, CEO of MGM Resorts, in a statement. “We will continue to work to vaccinate as many people as possible and to keep health and safety protocols vigilant to protect our employees, guests and the community.

Other casinos on the Las Vegas Strip – including Wynn, Encore, and Cosmopolitan – were allowed to open 100% after showing Nevada state regulators that at least 80% of their employees received at least one shot of coronavirus vaccine.

Wynn Resorts Ltd. representative and Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas said they received approval from the Nevada Gaming Control Board over the weekend to increase occupancy and physical distancing requirements and remove clear plastic separators from gaming tables.

“Employees and guests will continue to follow health and safety guidelines, including mask compliance, to ensure a safe and comfortable environment,” said a statement from Wynn Resorts.

The board that regulates the casinos has set a vaccination goal of 80% – while Clark County’s lawmakers, which govern restaurants, shops, and other businesses in the Las Vegas area, approved plans to allow 100% occupancy, as soon as 60% of the eligible residents of the district receive a vaccination shot.

Contributor: Associated Press.

Ed Komenda writes about Las Vegas for the Reno Gazette Journal and the USA Today Network. Are you interested in democracy? Then support local journalism by subscribing to the Reno Gazette Journal here.

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