VEGAS LIVES: Casinos Reopen After Months Of Quiet

( Las Vegas is once again the bustling center of partying, celebrating, and gambling it has been for so many decades. The legendary hub for casinos in Nevada finally reopened on Thursday after venues were closed in March following the implementation of lockdown measures aimed to reduce the spread of the Chinese coronavirus.

A video marquee on the Las Vegas Strip was played on Thursday as casinos open, which loudly announced, “Wash your hands while saying, ‘Vegas Baby!’ 20 times.”

Hotel-casinos in suburban and downtown Las Vegas were the first establishments to open in the famous city immediately after midnight. Dozens of people could be seen waiting at the D Hotel and Casino where they were eventually welcomed in and given temperature checks. Establishments throughout Las Vegas will be asked to wash their hands regularly, and have their temperatures checked at the door to hopefully catch some people exhibiting symptoms and ensure they self-isolate.

Interestingly, reports and footage show that few customers wore masks, though all members of staff in casinos and hotels wore them. What’s more, guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control only require casino resorts to check the temperatures of people staying in the hotel and not people who are just attending the casinos.

Casinos throughout the Las Vegas Strip then started opening a few hours later, reportedly holding off from opening too soon in respect for the ongoing protests over the death of George Floyd. The city was hit by protests and riots on the same week that venues started to reopen. One police officer was hospitalized after he was shot in the head on Monday during riots on the Strip.

Another man was shot outside federal buildings in downtown Las Vegas. The man was armed with several guns and died on the scene.

At 10 a.m., despite the chaos, the famous Bellagio fountain was switched on again. It may be several more weeks, however, until nightclubs, convention halls, and other venues open and Vegas returns to normal.