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  1. TheMayor

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    HUH? I said that science and medical knowledge, equipment, drugs, and training has improved in 100 years. What happened in the past doesn't mean it will in the future.

    Why is that such a difficult concept to accept?
     
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    And I hope something materializes soon but now there is no cure and to have something that's deployable to millions if not billions of people will be well over 1 year away.
     
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    You said this buddy, then I responded: "Funny that you think my point of view is putting lots of people together when it's the opposite." Any questions?

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    To clearly illustrate how generally weak this viral strain is:

    https://www.google.com/search?q=covid+prison+cases+asymptomatic

    Catching it versus being hospitalized/dying from it are two very different things....

    And do realize it has been in California for nearly 5 months...

    https://abc7news.com/bay-area-coronavirus-update-california-shelter-in-place-lockdown/6099528/

    The time is now to return to life, quarantine the ill, certainly, but no quarantine for the healthy...
     
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    Well, if you consider only those requiring hospitalization, then, the number requiring treatment is likely less than 1 million (worldwide)

    simply having a virus with no symptoms or those that can recover without a hospital visit, no treatment required...(just like the flu, for instance)

    that should help reduce the concern from billions to less than 1 million
     
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    Well since it is obvious ChipG is desperately trying to avoid an argument :rolleyes:, I would like to return to the regularly scheduled program. Any updates about possibly reopening? I have reservations at the Bellagio starting June 6th.
     
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    #32 TheMayor, May 15, 2020
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    Despite Sisolak saying restaurants cannot open in Phase one, he gave up his authority to the Nevada Gaming Control board on how Casinos and resorts can open and behold --- YES restaurants in Casino's CAN reopen in Phase one now.

    This of course is good news because without a place to eat, no one would come to visit.

    https://www.reviewjournal.com/local/restaurants-inside-nevada-casinos-can-reopen-during-phase-one-2028629/

    BTW the Peppermill opens next week with new plexiglass partisians between booths, all servers wearing face masks, and plastic utensils.
     
  8. TheMayor

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    Seems to me several places on the Strip are opening with about 50% capacity in the hotels and casinos on or about Memorial day.
     
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    It should be noted that Sisolak shut down as tight as California just about the same time -- but DID NOT stop large construction in the state. So, the Convention Center, Raiders Stadium, and Resorts World continued at full speed. All three are on or ahead of schedule. The new Convention Center will old CES there in 2021.

    So although he's been tough on the shutdown more than most states, he's also (finally) given up some of his decision making to individual counties and commissions. In LV you can get a haircut in Phase one. In CA you cannot. In phase one in LV, you can eat outside or in socially distancing restaurants. In CA you cannot.

    LA says no live sports for the rest of this year. I'm wondering if Sisolak will make Raiders stadium open to the public in Sept when the Raiders play their first home game with some measures of protection.
     
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    I may be there about the same time you said you are going. But it depends on my schedule which changes daily now.
     
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    Sounds like by the time I get back home in Sept, things should be about 60-70% back to normal. Good news
     
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    Yes, I think by Sept 1st all this is behind us, with new measures of protection in place all should be OK. Las Vegas can breathe again.
     
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    Oh, dear.

     
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    Las Vegas Strip casinos likely to miss Memorial Day crowds this year

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    After weeks of targeting Memorial Day weekend for their reopening, various Las Vegas resorts have pushed back their initial booking date as they wait for guidance from the state and local regulators.

    Wynn Resorts Ltd., for instance, is now tentatively accepting reservations starting June 1. CEO Matt Maddox had said during an April 29 business roundtable with President Donald Trump that he hoped to open on Memorial Day if benchmarks were met.

    In late April, spokesman Michael Weaver said the company was accepting reservations beginning that weekend “because it has consistently been a popular time for Southern California tourists to visit Las Vegas. … We can have all of our protective guest and employee measures in place by that time.”

    Last year, the three-day weekend was projected to bring in more than 300,000 people.

    While other states, including neighboring Arizona, have started to see some casinos go online, Gov. Steve Sisolak and the Nevada Gaming Control Board have yet to announce an official reopening date for casinos.

    Here’s a roundup of dates some Las Vegas operators are beginning to take reservations, as of Monday afternoon:

    — Downtown Grand: May 22.

    — Treasure Island: May 26; the company had offered rooms starting May 22 the week prior.
    — South Point: May 26.

    — Circus Circus: May 31.

    — Caesars Entertainment Corp.: May 29, pushed back from a booking date starting May 22 the week prior. “We have continued to move the initial booking date to ensure we have reservations when we reopen but to give customers ample notice when we will be unable to honor their reservations,” spokesman Richard Broome said.

    — Wynn Resorts Ltd.: June 1. The company had previously offered stays beginning May 26.

    — MGM Resorts International: June 1.

    — Boyd Gaming Corp.: June 1. The company had previously offered reservations beginning May 22.

    — Station Casinos: June 1.
    — The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas: June 4. “We still await a confirmed reopening date under the guidance of Governor Sisolak and the Nevada Gaming Control Board, and look forward to announcing our reopening timeline soon,” spokeswoman Stephanie Capellas said.

    — Las Vegas Sands Corp.: The company’s website does not accept reservations at this time, but President and COO Robert Goldstein said April 23 that the company hopes to reopen properties in May or June.

    — Westgate: June 18. “We are watching for further guidelines from Governor Sisolak, and it is possible that the date could change,” spokesman Gordon Prouty said.

    Representatives for Wynn, MGM, Boyd and Station Casinos declined to comment. Representatives for Downtown Grand, Treasure Island and Circus Circus did not respond to a request for comment.
     
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    Two properties are scheduled to open in June. The Bellagio and New York New York. If all goes well the rest are scheduled to open in July. My neighbor is the general manager of Harrahs, and I play tennis with the executive chef of Picasso and Largo at Bellagio. Both have confirmed.
     
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    Thank God the governor left it to the individual county authorities and the various commissions to decide how to open. It took the politics out of it and started the process up faster. LV opened up barbershops and salons in the first wave because the County Commissioners worked with the Cosmetic board on how to do it. LA isn't even talking about when they can open and its been closed longer.

    Its going to be really curious what happens on the first Raider home game in mid Sept. I hope they allow fans as long as they wear masks but I'm guessing that ain't gonna happen.
     
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    A look at when and how Nevada casinos plan to reopen

    Although most retail businesses in the state were allowed to open May 9 to in-person service with extra precautions as part of the state’s “Phase 1” reopening, casino resorts were noticeably excluded.

    Instead, Gov. Steve Sisolak said the decision on when casino properties could reopen would be left up to the state’s Gaming Control Board and Chairwoman Sandra Douglass Morgan. Regulators are requiring companies submit reopening plans that incorporate some baseline health and safety measures.

    While gambling is at a standstill — losing the state general fund an estimated $160 million in gaming taxes this fiscal year and costing the state countless more dollars in economic activity — gaming regulators have taken some preliminary steps toward reopening.

    Last week, licensed operators received a notice allowing them to open on-site restaurants within specific guidelines. The Nevada Gaming Control Board scheduled an informational workshop for May 26 to hear from state and health officials about readiness for reopening and possibly take action.

    Many companies have publicly released details about how they’ll do things differently once they reopen. Here’s what we know about the plans of some of the largest casino companies in Nevada. If you have suggested updates, send an email to michelle@thenvindy.com.

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    MGM

    Properties: Mandalay Bay, Delano, Luxor, Excalibur, New York-New York, Park MGM, Aria, Vdara, Mirage, Bellagio, MGM Grand

    Reopening date: Unknown. The New York-New York is accepting room reservations with check-in dates as early as June 1.

    Details: CEO Bill Hornbuckle said on an earnings call last month that the company won’t open all resorts at once, but will start with a few catered to different price points.

    He pointed to mid-priced New York-New York and higher end Bellagio as the likely first two.

    “Then from there we’re talking about what other properties should open, if any, at that point in time,” he said, according to USA Today. “We’ll go slow. We’ll be responsive and responsible.”

    The company announced on Twitter that free parking will be available at resorts after they open, a shift from a recent move to charge for self-parking.

    Status of employees: In early April, MGM Resorts CEO Bill Hornbuckle said the company has furloughed about 60,000 employees — the vast majority of its workforce outside of Macau.

    Hornbuckle said in an interview with CNBC’s Contessa Brewer that the company has 82,000 employees worldwide. About 13,000 work in Macau, and 69,000 don’t.

    “It’s been devastating,” Hornbuckle said about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Upon news of the state-mandated closures, MGM Resorts announced it would pay employees for two weeks and pay health insurance premiums through August. Many of the furloughed employees are on unemployment.

    Caesars Entertainment

    Properties: Caesars Palace, Harrah’s, LINQ, Paris, Bally’s, Flamingo, Planet Hollywood, The Cromwell

    Reopening date: Unknown. Caesars Palace is taking reservations for hotel stays with check-in as early as May 29.

    Details: Caesars-owned casinos elsewhere in the country are starting to open, including properties in Arizona and Louisiana, but no date has been provided for Nevada casinos.

    “Our casinos are beginning to reopen around the country,” the company said on its website.”The precise date casinos are permitted to open will vary from state to state and is dictated by government or tribal officials in each jurisdiction.”

    Last week, the company said it would be opening up resorts in phases based on customer demand. Caesars CEO Tony Rodio said Caesars Palace would be among the first to reopen, according to 8 News Now.

    Status of employees: Caesars Entertainment announced April 2 that it was furloughing about 90 percent of its employees in 13 states. The company employs about 64,000 workers in its U.S. and international resorts.

    It paid employees for the first two weeks of the shutdown and is paying employee health insurance premiums until June 30 or when employees return to work. Many employees are drawing unemployment benefits.

    Wynn Resorts

    Properties: Wynn, Encore

    Reopening date: Unknown. Officials project late May.

    Details: CEO Matt Maddox told employees in a video May 6 that he thinks the company could be ready to reopen by the end of May.

    “We’ve been working very closely with the state and local officials, as well as the gaming control boards, to contemplate when it would be safe for when to begin to reopen,” he said in the video posted on Twitter. “While I can’t guarantee that we’re going to be opening at the end of May, it is really dependent on the science and the data coming out. We are preparing for that eventuality.”

    Status of employees: Employees have been paid throughout the shutdown and will continue to be paid through the end of May, Maddox said on the video. There are about 15,000 employees covered by the pay extension.

    Las Vegas Sands

    Properties: Venetian, Palazzo

    Reopening date: Unknown. The Venetian is taking reservations for arrivals starting June 1.

    Details: As part of a phased reopening, the Venetian resort will be the first to reopen, followed by the Palazzo, the company announced Tuesday. The company said it will be performing COVID-19 testing on employees over a two-week period to prepare for welcoming guests again.

    The company is launching a “Share the LOVE” program which donates a free night at The Venetian to a frontline “community hero” or first responder for every room night booked through the program.

    Status of employees: Las Vegas Sands plans to continue paying its estimated 9,300 workers until its “anticipated reopening in June,” according to a company statement.

    Station Casinos

    Properties: Red Rock, Green Valley Ranch, Palace Station, Sunset Station, Boulder Station, Santa Fe Station, Texas Station, Fiesta Rancho, Fiesta Henderson, Wild Wild West, Wildfire casinos

    Reopening date: Unknown. Hotels are taking reservations for stays beginning June 1.

    Details: CEO Frank Fertitta III, who leads the company that focuses on locals rather than tourists, said in early May that the first properties to reopen would be Red Rock Resort in Summerlin, Green Valley Ranch Resort in Henderson, Santa Fe Casino in North Las Vegas, Boulder Station, Palace Station, Sunset Station, and the company’s smaller Wildfire properties, according to CDC Gaming Reports.

    Another four casinos, including Palms, Fiesta Henderson, Fiesta Rancho, and Texas Station, would reopen at an undetermined date “once we have a chance to assess how our business is performing in a post-COVID-19 world.”

    Status of employees: Station Casinos had committed to paying its employees through the much of the shutdown, but announced May 1 that it would need to do layoffs. Fertitta saiid employees would still be paid through May 16.

    According to notifications that Station Casinos filed with the state, the layoffs were expected to affect 6,434 of its 14,000 employees.

    Boyd

    Properties: Aliante, Gold Coast, Sam’s Town, Suncoast, The Orleans, California Hotel, Fremont Hotel, Main Street Station

    Reopening date: Unknown. The Aliante is taking reservations for stays beginning June 1.

    Details: Boyd started reopening casinos in Louisiana and Mississippi on May 20 and 21.

    The company said in a press release on May 18 that it would provide updates on additional reopenings as information becomes available.

    “We are optimistic that we will be able to reopen most of our properties over the next several weeks, and we look forward to offering our guests a safe and enjoyable entertainment experience,” said Keith Smith, Boyd Gaming’s president and CEO.

    Status of employees:

    Boyd paid staffers during the shutdown through April 10, and maintained their health coverage through June 30 or when they return to work, whichever arrives sooner. But they put most of their workers on unpaid furlough.

    “Implementing furloughs was a last resort for us, but a necessary step to protect our company, especially given the current lack of visibility regarding property re-openings,” Boyd President and CEO Keith Smith in a statement.

    Boyd has about 25,000 employees at 29 properties in 10 states.

    Blackstone

    Properties: The Cosmopolitan

    Reopening date: Unknown. Customers can make room reservations for stays starting June 4.

    Details: On its website, the casino says it “will remain temporarily closed until further notice.” The resort will discontinue parking fees but will keep its resort fee when it reopens, according to Eater Vegas.

    Status of employees:

    The Cosmopolitan paid full-time employees through mid-April and extended health benefits through June 30, but announced in early April that it was furloughing most of its employees through the duration of the shutdown, according to KSNV.
     
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    Sisolak: June 4 target date for reopening gaming in Nevada

    Nevada’s gaming industry could reopen June 4 after more than two months of closures because of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Steve Sisolak announced today.

    The Nevada Gaming Control Board on Tuesday will meet with health officials to review safety and sanitation protocols resorts plan to implement. The board would first need to give its approval for the opening of the industry.

    "The board is firmly aware of its statutory duty to protect the public health and welfare of the Silver State's citizenry, while allowing the gaming industry to flourish through strict regulation," Sisolak said in a statement.

    If the testing and infection rate data continues to reflect positive trends through Memorial Day weekend, Sisolak is expected to announce further reopening plans on Tuesday, his office announced.

    “Without a thoughtful and measured reopening of Nevada’s gaming industry, all of the work that Nevadans have done to fight the spread of this viral pandemic will have been for naught,” Sisolak said.

    Resorts are required to submit reopening safety plans to the board for approval at least seven days before they reopen. Some of the changes expected include: employees and patrons wearing face coverings, many sanitation stations, limited capacity at tables games (three players instead of six for blackjack, for instance), and temperature checks for visitors entering a property.

    And like the first phase of the state's reopening earlier this month, crowds will be capped. Restaurants, which brought back dine-in options May 10, are operating at 50%.

    Companies in the resort corridor will initially only open a handful of properties. Caesars Entertainment will start with Caesars Palace and Flamingo; MGM Resorts International will start with Bellagio and New York-New York.

    In response to the target date, a Caesars Entertainment spokesman said the company is “excited to welcome back our guests and employees to our properties.”

    Some companies, including Station Casinos and Wynn Resorts, have announced reopening dates for some of their eateries.

    Las Vegas Sands Corp. announced Tuesday that it plans to open the Venetian to hotel guests on June 1.

    Sisolak also on Tuesday will detail plans for the second phase of the state’s tiered reopening. But it's uncertain if businesses still closed — places of worship, gyms and bars — would be included.

    The state’s reopening documents indicate the phase will include a “broader opening of commerce/retail, services and public life under extremely strict social distancing measures, hygiene and occupancy controls.”

    ‘Safer at Home’ recommendations will stay in place during the second phase, according to the document, while vulnerable populations will be urged to stay home until the outbreak is over. Face masks will be strongly encouraged.

    This phase is expected to last, at a minimum, two to three weeks.

    “If you don’t wear it for yourself, wear it for front-end health care workers, people in nursing homes and the veterans,” Sisolak said Friday during a Vegas Chamber video conference call. “I deal with first responders and they tell me that they want nothing more than for people to wear face coverings because it does make a difference. We’re coming up on Memorial Day and people will be getting together. We implore them to practice social distancing and wear a face mask.”
     
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    Restaurants in Las Vegas’ tourism corridor delay reopening

    While some Las Vegas restaurant owners were quick to reopen in the wake of the coronavirus shutdown, many in the tourism corridor may delay for months, as they assess conditions around them.

    Evan Glusman, general manager of Piero’s Italian Cuisine at 355 Convention Center Drive, said while he hasn’t set an exact reopening date, he’s thinking of waiting until the first week of September.

    Piero’s, which is, as its address suggests, near the Las Vegas Convention Center, gets a lot of its clientele from events happening there. And with several spring conventions canceled and the city going into the traditionally slow summer season, he just doesn’t think he’ll see the traffic.

    “Of course, that’s a big weight” on the decision, Glusman said. “I don’t know what the landscape really looks like.”

    Diana Maisondieu-LaForge, owner of Pamplemousse at 400 E. Sahara Ave., is in a similar situation.

    “Quite frankly, I’m probably looking at September,” Maisondieu-LaForge said. “I’m waiting to see, once the casinos open and the convention center. I’m hoping it’ll be earlier than that, but I’m waiting for some visitors to get back and things to get bustling.”

    She said she was somewhat encouraged by the news that Wynn Las Vegas plans to open five restaurants May 29, but remains cautious.

    “Bravo,” she said. “It’s almost like the floodgates have opened. But I’m still hesitant because we’re in brand-new territory.”

    Amanda Signorelli, managing partner of Golden Steer Steakhouse across the Strip at 308 W. Sahara Ave., said the restaurant’s management team hasn’t settled on a date, but probably will by the beginning of the week.

    “After June 1, but sooner than September,” Signorelli said. “We’re watching closely the movements of the casinos — what they’re reopening and when they’re reopening them.”

    She, too, said she was somewhat heartened by the Wynn decision.

    “I’m happy to see there’s going to be increased movement and people coming in, especially on the north end of the Strip,” Signorelli said.

    As both are venerable institutions — the Golden Steer dates to 1958, Pamplemousse to 1976 — they’ve built loyal followings over the years, and Signorelli and Maisondieu-LaForge both said their restaurants have been contacted by customers, both local and not, inquiring about reopening.

    One longtime Strip landmark that decided not to wait is the Peppermill, which reopened its dining room Friday. Peggy Orth, who’s been working at the 49-year-old restaurant for 47 years and managing it for 34, said she was ready.

    “It was fabulous; it was perfect,” she said Friday. “We did really well.”

    She said they served about 250 customers between 7 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

    “Normally it would be about 500, but you know what? First day open after being closed and the whole town was closed, I’ll take that,” she said.

    Orth said as soon as Gov. Steve Sisolak gave the OK for opening under certain guidelines, she heard from the owner in Reno.

    “My boss called me and said are you ready?” she said. “I said we’re ready; we’ve been doing nothing but cleaning top to bottom.” Since the restaurant’s booths are stationary, she said, they installed four-foot-high Plexiglas panels on the dividers between them.

    Hours are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, she said, and while the legendary lounge hasn’t reopened, cocktails are served in the coffee shop.

    At Piero’s, Glusman said he’s contacted some regular clients, including SEMA, which is scheduled for early November.

    “We are getting some traction there, which is nice,” he said. “We are getting a lot of traction for CES,” the mammoth electronics show that’s held every January. He’s also reached out to a French company that rents their parking lot for five days during CES.

    “I’m watching the news in France as much as here,” Glusman said.

    And they just took a deposit for the World of Concrete, which will be in late January.

    Considering that December was their busiest December ever, January was their busiest month ever and February was the second-busiest month, this spring has been a bit of a shock.

    “I’ve looked at other markets,” Glusman said. “I think there’s such pent-up energy. People want to get out.

    “We’re not going anywhere. We’ve been here since ’82; we’ve survived.”
     

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