Three Las Vegas Strip casinos will resume 24/7 hotel operations as MGM Resorts announced that Mandalay Bay, Park MGM and The Mirage will revert back to their old hours on March 3.
The move comes shortly after Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak said that he would be easing casino capacity restrictions in the coming weeks and months. At the start of the week, he allowed casinos to jump from operating at 25 percent to 35 percent capacity. That will rise to 50 percent on March 15.
MGM opted to halt midweek operations for the hotel towers of those three properties last November as tourism slumped in the wake of the pandemic.
The governor also announced that at the start of May, casinos will be allowed to operate at full capacity, which will coincide with the reopening of nightclubs and day clubs. Safety measures such as mandatory face coverings and social distancing measures will stay in place for an unannounced period of time.
The continued distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine and some temporary immunity from the large percentage of people who already contracted the virus last fall has helped lead to a new relative low in the seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases in Nevada, according to a report from Fox News.
The declining case count has MGM CEO Bill Hornbuckle bullish on the outlook of Las Vegas as travel and tourism are likely to increase in the coming months.
“We remain optimistic about Las Vegas’ recovery and our ability to bring employees back to work as business volumes allow us to do so,” said Hornbuckle in a statement.
Caesars-owned Planet Hollywood will revert to 24/7 hours as well starting on February 25, according to the casino’s website. It was one of the first properties to shift to a weekend-only style hotel operation.
Las Vegas Sands Corp. shut down nearly the entire hotel operations of its Palazzo resort last December. It still has not changed its policy and will only take reservations for the high-end suites in the building.
Wynn Resorts has not announced when it will change operating hours for the entire Encore property, which closes both the casino and hotel operations during the week, opening at 2 p.m. every Thursday and closing at noon the following Monday.