Las Vegas casinos, resorts to reopen some properties June 4

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A day after Governor Steve Sisolak officially announced he “feels confident” on June 4 as the date gaming operations can resume, Strip properties started confirming they will reopen their doors a week from Thursday.

The following gaming and hotel properties have confirmed they will reopen on Thursday, June 4:

  • Caesars Entertainment (2 properties): Caesars Palace, Flamingo Las Vegas
  • Harrah’s (NOTE: Reopens on June 5 at 10 a.m.)
  • Wynn Resorts: Wynn and Encore
  • Las Vegas Sands: Venetian Resort
  • MGM Resorts (4 properties): Bellagio, New York-New York, MGM Grand, The Signature
  • Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
  • Plaza Hotel & Casino
  • Golden Entertainment (3 properties): The STRAT, Aquarius Casino Resort, Edgewater Casino
  • Station Casinos (6 properties): Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa, Green Valley Ranch, Palace Station, Sunset Station, Boulder Station, Santa Fe Station
  • Treasure Island
  • Sahara Las Vegas
  • Tuscany Casino
  • El Cortez Hotel & Casino
  • Golden Nugget (Hotel, pool and Claim Jumper reopen on Wednesday, June 3 at 3 p.m.)

NOTE: Most companies are undergoing a phased reopening, with a small number of properties opening at a time, until there is an increase in demand to open more.

The above list includes the properties that have confirmed their reopening to 8 News Now through email, statements, etc. There are other properties also planning to open on June 4, as stated on their websites.

Caesars Entertainment says both gaming and hospitality operations will resume at Caesars Palace and Flamingo Las Vegas on Thursday, June 4 after being closed for more than two months due to the state shutdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.  

Additionally, Caesars Entertainment shared Wednesday it “anticipates that several retail and dining outlets along The LINQ Promenade, as well as the High Roller Observation Wheel, will reopen.”

Complying with physical distancing guidelines, both Caesars Palace and the Flamingo will offer lodging, dining options and access to their outdoor pools, as well as slot machines and table games. The company is suspending fees for paid self-parking in Las Vegas.

Caesars expects Harrah’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino and the gaming floor at The LINQ Hotel & Casino to be the next properties on the Las Vegas Strip to reopen, if there is enough demand.

Caesars Palace and the Flamingo will implement the previously announced enhanced health and safety protocols.

For more information on Caesars Entertainment’s health and safety protocols, click HERE.


Wynn Resorts says both hotel towers and the casino, as well as all restaurants will reopen on June 4 as well. The resort’s newest restaurant, Elio, will open later in the month. 

The company plans to offer guests “a complete Las Vegas experience by opening every amenity and outlet available.”

Amenities available at Wynn properties include:

  • Both Wynn and Encore hotel towers
  • Two 24-hour casinos with a variety of table games and slots as well as the Race & Sports Book
  • The resort’s full portfolio of fine-dining restaurants, lounges, and casual eateries, several with outdoor seating on open verandas and patios
  • Expansive resort pools with private cabanas
  • Wynn’s 18-hole championship golf course
  • Nightly entertainment at the Lake of Dreams
  • Three retail esplanades
  • Full-service beauty salons, barber shop, spa treatments and fitness centers

In addition, Wynn says it has implemented several new enhancements in social distancing, touchless technologies, and cleaning protocols:

  • Non-invasive thermal temperature checks and face coverings provided at all entrances
  • Automatic hand sanitizer stations, UV Technology, and electrostatic sprayers will be utilized throughout the resort
  • Sealed guest rooms after meticulous sanitization by Wynn’s professional housekeeping staff       
  • Amenity kits including sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer, and face coverings in each guest room
  • Dedicated team of cleaning professionals sanitizing public guest areas 24 hours a day

Wynn employees have all been tested for COVID-19, the company stated in its news release. They are all required to wear face coverings.

For more information on Wynn Resorts’ COVID-19 updates, click HERE.


MGM Resorts plans to open four of its 12 properties on June 4, including Bellagio, New York-New York, MGM Grand and The Signature.

At opening, MGM Resorts says the amenities at all of its properties will be limited. “As demand for the destination builds, additional venues within these resorts will open and other MGM Resorts properties on The Strip will reopen,” the company said in a news release on Wednesday.

Key initiatives of the company’s Seven-Point Safety Plan include:

  • Employee screening, temperature checks and COVID-19 specific training
  • COVID-19 testing offered for employees as they return to work in partnership with the local medical community
  • Employees will be required to wear masks; Guests are strongly encouraged to wear masks, and in some settings where physical distancing is more difficult and/or barriers do not exist, will be required to do so.  Examples of where masks will be required include salons, certain table games where physical barriers are not in place and elevators, if riding with guests outside of their travel group. Masks will be provided, free of charge
  • For areas where physical distancing presents challenges, plexiglass barriers will be installed, or other measures will be used to reduce risks
  • Contactless Check-In through the MGM Resorts App will allow hotel guests to go through the check-in process on their personal devices, minimizing interactions
  • Guestroom Attendants will wear masks and gloves while cleaning each room and will change gloves between guestrooms
  • Digital menus will be available to view on personal mobile devices via QR codes in the company’s food and beverage outlets
  • MGM has compiled its own internal team and processes to respond if a guest or employee tests positive for COVID-19.  We ask that if a guest tests positive after visiting one of our properties, they alert us through a special email address (covid19@mgmresorts.com).  We will immediately report any positive test results to the local health department and assist with contact tracing to support the health department investigators.

MGM Resorts announced last week that complimentary self-parking will be available for guests, but valet parking will not be operational.

For a full list of amenities offered at MGM Resorts, click HERE.


The Venetian Resort is expecting to also open June 4, but plans on doing so in phases. In a statement to 8 News Now, Las Vegas Sands stated the Venetian Tower will open fire and the Palazzo tower will follow at a later date.

Following the announcement from Governor Sisolak regarding reopening Nevada’s gaming industry, The Venetian Resort will accept reservations for arrivals beginning June 4, when we anticipate opening our doors to the public. As we look to open in phases, the Venetian tower will be the first available; The Palazzo tower will follow at a later date. We continue to adhere to guidance provided by federal, state and local authorities including the Southern Nevada Health District, Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, and the Nevada Gaming Control Board. Upon opening, our guests can expect the amenities of a luxury Las Vegas resort including: a full-service casino, more than a dozen restaurants, several bars including the acclaimed Dorsey Cocktail Bar, our fully renovated Venetian pool deck, fitness center and multiple retail outlets.   

Reservations scheduled for arrivals on June 1-3 will be cancelled automatically. All first responders and community heroes who previously booked our special “Get the LOVE” offer over June 1-3 will be contacted by our team to reschedule their complimentary stay.  

In light of the COVID-19 situation, we have launched Venetian Clean, our commitment to more than 800 separate initiatives to enhance safety and minimize risk for our visitors and Team Members. Additionally, as we prepare for opening, we are performing COVID-19 testing on all Venetian Team Members to ensure our workforce is ready to serve. For more information on Venetian Clean, visit: venetian.com/venetianclean.

Venetian Resort

For more information on Venetian Resort’s health plan, click HERE.


The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will reopen its doors to the public on June 4 at 10 a.m. The Cosmopolitan will reopen with a multi-phased approach.

The resort has implemented strict guidelines under the Cosmopolitan Commitment, which builds upon existing health and safety procedures and addresses new operational and reporting processes.

Enhancements, include:

  • Advanced cleaning and sanitization protocols
    • social distancing guidelines, non-invasive temperature screenings, floorplan and furniture reconfiguration, signage installations, in-room sanitization amenity for guests and more.

Additionally, QR (Quick Response) codes will be utilized at various bars and restaurants as a touchless option for guests to view menus. QR codes will be introduced to additional areas throughout the resort in the coming weeks.

Additionally, the Cosmopolitan is waiving paid self-parking for all guests. Valet parking will continue to remain complimentary for hotel guests.

For more details on the Cosmopolitan’s health and sanitization plans, click HERE.


The Plaza Hotel & Casino, located in downtown Las Vegas, will reopen to hotel and casino guests on June 4 in accordance with all federal, state and local government guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The property will require all staff to wear masks, have their temperature taken before starting work, enter through a designated location and observe social distancing. Guests will also be encouraged to wear masks (although not required) and receive an amenity kit at check-in with a complimentary mask for their use.

The resort is offering free self-parking and valet parking has been closed.

Some safety measures include:

  • Curbside check-in to minimize contact
  • Quick-serve dining outlets, such as Pop Up Pizza and Coffee Bar will reopen
  • Elevators will be limited to four people at a time
  • Plexiglass barriers, touchless hand sanitizer stations throughout property

For more details on the Plaza’s reopening plans or getaway offers, click HERE.


Boyd Gaming has announced it plans to resume operations at all nine of its Nevada gaming properties on June 4. Boyd owns The Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast, Aliante, Cannery, Sam’s Town, Fremont, California and Jokers Wild.

The company resumed operations last week at its Mississippi and Louisiana properties and will open its Missouri and Iowa properties on June 1.

“We are excited for the opportunity to resume operations in Nevada, Missouri and Iowa, as our nationwide operations continue to return to business. So far, we are encouraged by the enthusiastic response we have seen from our customers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Kansas following our reopenings in those states,” said Keith Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of Boyd Gaming.  “By the first week of June, we look forward to having 21 of our 29 properties across the country back in operation, and we are optimistic that we will be able to reopen most of our remaining properties by the end of June.”

According to a Boyd Gaming news release, the company said it will “remain diligent in protecting the health and safety of every person who comes through our doors, following strict safety protocols that meet the highest standards set by federal, state and local officials.”

The properties are following a practice called “Boyd Clean” which is aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19. Here are some of the main protocols:

  • Mandatory face coverings and temperature checks for all team members;
  • Social distancing requirements and capacity restrictions across all customer and team member areas, including casino floors and restaurants;
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitation of all high-touch surfaces, including door handles, gaming machines, table games, handrails and elevator buttons;
  • Increased placement of hand sanitizer dispensers throughout our properties;
  • Required training for all team members on our safety protocols.

You can view all the safety protocols at this link.

Three of Boyd Gaming’s Southern Nevada properties — Eastside Cannery, Eldorado and Main Street Station — will remain closed during the initial reopening phase.


Things are looking up at The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod. The iconic Las Vegas Strip property will reopen its doors and welcome back guests at 8 a.m. on Thursday, June 4. With the reopening, The STRAT will offer up to a 45% discount on all room reservations, including those made for the hotel’s new Elevate Series rooms. 

“We know a lot of people are ready for a Las Vegas escape,” said Stephen Thayer, vice president and general manager of The STRAT. “We hope to give everyone the Las Vegas trip of a lifetime, while also doing everything we can to ensure a safe, healthy stay.” 

A Golden Entertainment, Inc. casino, The STRAT has implemented broad safety measures in accordance with the company’s new “Golden Commitment” standards. These measures include sanitation protocols at every touch point, from the parking garage through the entrances and the casino, to restaurants, bars, elevators and rooms. A full outline of the company’s “Golden Commitment” standards can be found HERE

The STRAT will also limit its property occupancy to 50% and have procedures in place to ensure social distancing per guidelines set by the State of Nevada and the Southern Nevada Health District. All health and safety measures, daily operations and hours are subject to change based on any updates from the state. 

Much of The STRAT will reopen in this initial reopening phase, including the casino and 24-hour STRAT Café on the main floor, as well as much of the SkyPod, including the 100+ story Observation Deck, along with 108 Eats and 108 Drinks; select attractions: Big Shot and SkyJump Powered by MTN DEW; and the award-winning Top of the World restaurant. 

The SkyPod’s Chapel in the Clouds, located 800 feet high above the Las Vegas Valley, will also reopen in the first phase and is now accepting wedding reservations. Options include two chapels on the 103rd floor; indoor and outdoor weddings on the Observation Deck, located on levels 108 and 109; private balcony weddings on level 112, and even thrill ride weddings.

Golden Entertainment will also be opening their Aquarius Casino Resort and Edgewater Casino properties in Laughlin, Nevada.

8 News Now spoke with people on the Las Vegas Strip about their thoughts on reopening.

“It’s going to be a whole new Vegas, and I’m interested to learn about it,” said resident Howard Devine. “I’m not going to go gamble, but I’m going to go see what’s going to be because it’s a whole new world now.”

Resident Phil Johnson said it’s hard to tell if this is a good time to reopen gaming operations and noted, “I just don’t want to be around strangers because I don’t know if they’re caring the virus or not.”

Sisolak said he is willing to pull back on reopening gaming if there is a spike in COVID-19 cases, but he said “we’ve got a pretty robust contact tracing program that will be in place that will include going out of state.”


Station Casinos announced it will reopen six of its Valley properties on June 4, including Red Rock, Green Valley Ranch, Palace Station, Sunset Station, Boulder Station and Santa Fe Station.

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You can expect everything the company’s resorts have to offer, from sparkling pools to casinos games and more.

To learn more about Station Casinos’ health and safety plan for guests and employees, click here.


Treasure Island Hotel and Casino is set to open its doors on June 4 and will debut new rooms to boot!

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The resort will take steps to ensure the health and safety of its guest and employees via security temperature screenings, social distancing guidelines, making PPE available, confirmed room sanitization and more.

Learn more about TI’s additional COVID-19 safety tips here.


SAHARA Las Vegas will welcome guests back starting at 10 a.m. on June 4 with a planned phased-approach to reopening.

According to a news release, the first amenities available to guests will include the casino floor, rooftop pools and certain dining outlets, including Northside Café, CASBAR Lounge and Starbucks.

Bazaar Meat by José Andrés will reopen June 5.

The resort will implement the SAHARA Cares program for the health and safety of its guests and employees.

“We remain resolute in ensuring both guests and team members can feel safe when they come to our resort,” said Paul Hobson, senior vice president and general manager of SAHARA in the release. “Our guests may notice some of the changes we have made for safety, however what hasn’t changed is our commitment to delivering the same great, personalized experience they’ve come to expect from us. We can’t wait to welcome everyone back on June 4.”

For more on SAHARA’s health and safety program, click here.

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