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What Is Vegas Like During Coronavirus?

Old Mar 15, 20, 12:13 am
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What Is Vegas Like During Coronavirus?

Wondering if anyone is or has been there very recently. I got back from my last trip (I go monthly) on March 4, which seems like a million years ago. How many fewer people are there than usual; can you give any metrics even if only impressions?
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Old Mar 15, 20, 4:59 am
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Might be worth checking Youtube
I saw this last night. As a Brit who's 3 April trip is now cancelled, I was curious and looking at the effect I'm actually glad flights are cancelled as I would have gone otherwise.
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Old Mar 15, 20, 2:24 pm
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Hi,

Also all the Cirque du Solei shows have closed laying off 1500 staff redundant

https://www.reviewjournal.com/entert...-jobs-1980947/

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Old Mar 15, 20, 5:34 pm
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Well we had a trip planned for March 26th to March 29th. Nothing to do with sports or anything. Just a meetup for a small podcast community and a getaway relaxation trip. We unfortunately had to cancel due to health concerns. Really hoping all this crap is over with soon.
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Old Mar 15, 20, 7:05 pm
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MGM closing all properties on Tuesday.
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Old Mar 15, 20, 7:16 pm
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Check vital Vegas twitter feed. It will be worse than 9/11. We flew to Vegas shortly after travel resumed - planes and casinos were packed due to discounting. I donít see that happening now particularly as we approach summer. The casinos are missing peak sports weekends (NCAA hoops) and conventions may be out for a while.

I'm hoping casinos will get smart and start waiving garbage resort fees etc but not optimistic...
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Old Mar 15, 20, 7:31 pm
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I am here now. It's slow, but more like weekday levels vs weekend levels. Lots of stuff closed, but people are still having a good time.
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Old Mar 15, 20, 11:29 pm
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In addition to MGM, Wynn is also closing on Tuesday.

Occupancy was <20% at many properties this weekend. Some <10% apparently.

Most of the people in the casinos were probably locals who have nothing to do. This won't be helped by schools being canceled until at least April, which was announced today. Red Rock Canyon apparently had to restrict access today because it was so crowded - again, lots of people who don't have work or lost their jobs and have nothing to do.

Many of the casino restaurants had already closed or announced closures even prior to the property closure announcments. Lots of hourly workers were already laid off last week.

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Old Mar 16, 20, 10:46 pm
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Venetian/Palazzo remain open, but in this environment, that could change as I type this.
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Old Mar 17, 20, 7:02 pm
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I am glad they are closing as the alternative is to overwhelm the health care system in Las Vegas. It does not make sense to stay open at 10% of capacity even if there was no virus (though I suppose the slot machines might still be profitable).

Hopefully this will only be a 2-4week forced vacation - it is unfortunate that employees are laid off and not paid. Maybe the corporate owners figure this will force the hand of the government on their request for financial assistance. How quickly did resorts rehire after the 2008 crisis?

I will be happy to return to the Strip when we are out of the danger zone (as I did several times just after 9/11) but there will need to be an attitude adjustment by management if they want gambling action. I won’t be playing 6/5 BJ, or 3 green roulette, and I won’t tolerate incessant cigarette smoking (hint: expand non-smoking sections). Gaming aside, I will still be happy to patronize the great restaurants, pools and spas. Summers are normally slow so I am sure there will be no shortage of discounted room rates.
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Old Mar 17, 20, 7:38 pm
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Sure enough...
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Las Vegas Sands Corp. is closing The Venetian, Palazzo and the Sands Expo and Convention Center until at least April 1, effective immediately. The company said no employee layoffs or furloughs are being considered.

According to a Tuesday statement from the company, the process of closing the The Venetian and Palazzo will be completed as soon as possible. Sands will decide whether to extend the closure or reopen the megaresorts “at a later date.”
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Old Mar 17, 20, 8:20 pm
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Originally Posted by DenverBrian View Post
They'll be closed until at least mid-April regardless.

https://www.reviewjournal.com/local/...-days-1983950/

Gov. Steve Sisolak on Tuesday announced a statewide closure of all casinos, restaurants, bars and other nonessential businesses for 30 days and strongly encouraged Nevadans to stay inside as part of the state’s latest response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Old Mar 17, 20, 9:21 pm
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Governor to announce statewide closing of casinos for 30 days.

All Gaming to stop at midnight tonight.

All non-Gaming operations to close tomorrow (Wed, Mar 18) at noon.

All hotel operations to stop at 6pm, Thu March 19.
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Old Mar 17, 20, 10:22 pm
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Originally Posted by Boraxo View Post
I'm hoping casinos will get smart and start waiving garbage resort fees etc but not optimistic...
Well, I think that will depend on how quickly (or not) business bounces back once travel & operating restrictions are lifted. I do imagine there will need to be some meaningful discounting to encourage people to visit a place that's largely about "social proximity". I don't think it will be like all of a sudden "Coronavirus is over, back to your regular programming!". It will probably be more gradual.
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Old Mar 29, 20, 2:19 pm
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While resort fees are annoying, that's all they are. They are mainly (a) a way to look lower-prices on price-competitive searches and (b) a psychological trick to make people less price-sensitive when they book. I did notice as the resort fee on my favorite hotel has skyrocketed over the past few years from $12.99 to $27.99, their base rates seem to have gone down slightly. But I think a lot will depend on how things "open up." If they develop a test for people with antibodies and a significant number of people show it, meaning they are immune, travel should ramp up slowly and they will probably have to discount heavily. On the other hand, if we suddenly get a vaccine, I think there will be a torrent of pent-up demand, and they won't have to discount. Most people who have the money to travel aren't getting hurt that badly financially, the way that hourly workers are.

It's possible that some chains may open properties sequentially, rather than all at once, if they don't anticipate adequate demand.
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