Las Vegas Casinos to reopen on Thursday

Fewer gamblers and cleaner slot machines are some of the major changes put in place

This pandemic has turned Nevada's premier tourist destinations into deserts of uncertainty but Las Vegas casinos are opening again this week after having been closed for more than two months and are now adapting to the “New Normal”. 

New rules have been established in Nevada by the gaming authorities before Las Vegas Strip properties open. Hand sanitizer dispensers will be the first thing you see walking into a casino entrance. The new rules also include limited table games seating and temperature screenings for resort guests. 

"The model you see is a standardised approach at all our properties, because we have to take health and safety seriously.”

At MGM Resorts International’s Bellagio resort and casino, plexiglass can be seen throughout the property: at the front desk, atop table games, even separating booths inside restaurants. 

MGM Vice President of Administration and Head of Health and Safety Strategy John Flynn said “The model you see is a standardised approach at all our properties, because we have to take health and safety seriously.”

MGM’s senior vice president of food and beverage strategy, Dominique Bertolone adds: “In our contemporary and fine dining (restaurants), we are creating a card that will be personalised by the celebrity chef, welcoming you back, with a little message and the QR Code, 

That’s something that is important for us, as we wanted to create some of the wow moments.” 

Guests arriving at a restaurant or lounge can get on a virtual wait list for a table or a seat at the bar by scanning a QR code with their phones, and then receive a text when their seats are ready. Once seated, they’ll be presented with a similar code that brings up the menu on their phones. 

Other measures on display included custom-branded masks for workers, signs that indicate an area or a table had been sanitised. 

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