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This Week in Gambling: Las Vegas reopening, no masks and no social distancing

19 May 2021

What a week for gambling news. So many casinos opening at full capacity, from Las Vegas to Atlantic City. And many casinos can now drop the social distancing and face mask requirements.

Last week we told you about several casinos in Las Vegas reopening at full capacity. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, along with Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Resort, were the first to get to 100% occupancy for their casino floors. Now, several more casinos have joined them. Yesterday, word came down that The STRAT Hotel, Casino and SkyPod had received permission from the Nevada Gaming Control Board to fully open. Now comes word that many more Las Vegas casinos will be joining them.

Caesars Entertainment announced that all of their properties around Sin City were operating with no occupancy or social distancing restrictions. That includes Caesars Palace, The Cromwell, Flamingo Las Vegas, Bally's - Las Vegas, Harrah's Las Vegas Casino & Hotel, Paris Las Vegas, Planet Hollywood Las Vegas, The LINQ Hotel + Experience, and Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Additionally, MGM Resorts announced that they have also opened their casinos with no restrictions, including the Bellagio, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Aria Resort & Casino, The Mirage, New York-New York Hotel & Casino, Luxor Hotel and Casino, Excalibur Hotel and Casino, and the Park MGM. Station Casinos is also allowed to operate their casinos at full capacity, and that includes Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa, Palace Station Hotel and Casino, Boulder Station Hotel & Casino, Sunset Station Hotel and Casino, Green Valley Ranch Resort, Spa and Casino, and the Santa Fe Station Hotel & Casino.

And, as Las Vegas casinos reach their vaccination goals and begin to fully reopen, the Nevada Gaming Control Board has decided that the casinos can each set their individual face mask policies. However, that does not necessarily mean that inoculated people can go anywhere without a mask.

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