LAS VEGAS – This tourism and entertainment capital hits a new milestone this week as the major casinos along the Strip have reached full capacity with no social distancing.
But what does that mean for tourists planning to travel here soon?
Here’s what to know.
Which casinos in Las Vegas are working at 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
- Bally’s Las Vegas
- Caesars Palace Las Vegas
- The Cromwell
- Flamingo Las Vegas
- Harrah’s Las Vegas
- The LINQ Hotel + experience
- Paris Las Vegas
- Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
- Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino
- Palace station
- Boulder Station
- Sunset Station
- Santa Fe Station
- Green Valley Ranch
- Red Rock Resort
The Strat, Cosmopolitan and Silverton are also 100% open for game days.
Is social distancing still enforced?
Depends on where you are.
Social distancing is no longer required on the pitch, but these restrictions still apply in restaurants, pools, and other non-gaming areas and activities.
Are masks still required?
In April, Governor Steve Sisolak said he expected the pandemic-stricken economy in Nevada to reopen fully by June 1. However, he made it clear that the Silver State’s long-standing mandate to wear masks will last at least until the end of May.
Masks wouldn’t just go away in counties that don’t like it, he said.
“This move will remain in place to protect the health and safety of Nevadans and bring the state to a full reopening,” Sisolak said.
Are the restaurants fully open?
While Game Days may return to 100% capacity, restaurants, pools, and other non-gaming areas and activities will be subject to current 80 percent occupancy restrictions and three foot social distancing guidelines.
How did we get here?
Based on staff vaccination rates at Las Vegas’ largest properties, the Nevada Gaming Control Board granted exemptions to move casino floors to full capacity.
Clark County’s legislature, which is responsible for businesses in the Las Vegas area, approved plans to allow 100% occupancy outside of the casino once 60% of the county’s eligible residents receive a vaccination.
As of Wednesday it was 47%.
Are there still new cases in Nevada?
State health officials on Wednesday reported 464 new cases of COVID-19 and six more deaths since Tuesday. The Department of Health and Human Services has reported nearly 320,000 cases and 5,515 deaths since the pandemic began.
The 14-day test positivity rate – a measure of the number of people who tested for coronavirus and found positive – was 5.4% in Nevada and 5.5% in the Las Vegas area.
The World Health Organization’s goal is 5% or less to ease restrictions.
The Southern Nevada Health District administers Clark County, which is home to 2.3 million people, including Las Vegas. The tourism destination has been added to locations in Nevada where authorities have discovered cases of a potentially worrying strain of the coronavirus found in India.
A woman in her twenties who had not recently traveled and had not been vaccinated against COVID-19 tested positive for a variant subtype officially known as B.1.617.2 on Tuesday in the Southern Nevada Health District.
The woman did not need hospital treatment and an investigation was aimed at identifying people with whom she came in contact, the district said.
Other variants of COVID-19 have also been reported, including 242 cases of strain B.1.1.7 identified in the UK, five cases of South African strain B.1.351, five cases of California strain B.1.429, and 28 cases of Brazilian strain, P.1.
COVID-19 vaccines currently in use in the U.S. offer protection against most variants, according to official sources.
Contributor: Associated Press.