Casino visitors and residents of the gambling metropolis had to be patient for a long time. The days when hotel resorts, restaurants, casinos and other facilities were closed and sporting events or shows could only be watched as reruns on TV are now gradually coming to an end. After a long 78 days, a little bit of normality and everyday life will return to Las Vegas on June 4, 2020. And normality in Sin City means roulette , blackjack , slot machines and exuberant evenings at the poker table.
Of course, June 4th is just the first cautious step back towards normal. Hotel resort and casino staff are required to wear face masks, keep a safe distance and use disinfectants. Guests are also regularly measured for fever at check-in. This may spoil the overall impression a little, but safety comes first! Nevertheless, numerous visitors found themselves in the casinos on the Strip and for some the trip became a VIP experience.
In the following we summarize all the events of June 4th, 2020.
Casinos and hotels open their doors
We still remember the shutdown that turned Las Vegas into a ghost town from one day to the next. Las Vegas, with its empty streets and disused attractions, was unrecognizable. The first step towards normalcy is therefore the reopening of the hotels, because this is the only way to get paying tourists to the city.
However, it would be wrong to say that Las Vegas is the same as before. This can even be seen in the local advertising. The slogan “The world has changed, and Vegas is changing with it” is intended to draw attention to the fact that Vegas, even if it may look a little different than usual, is still the same haven for casino lovers and vacationers.
Therefore, the first logical step was to reopen the hotels. Of course, operations are still severely restricted. On June 4th, the New York New York Hotel & Casino, Bellagio, Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Caesars Palace, Venetian, Wynn and Flamingo opened on the Strip. Outside the gambling mile, other casinos and hotels have also resumed operations.
Casinos give guests a VIP treatment in a class of their own
Las Vegas is still Las Vegas – just resuming operations and pretending nothing happened is inconceivable in Sin City. For example, The D Las Vegas has donated thousands of flight tickets to guests so that they can be flown in appropriately. Of course, champagne was also served at the entrance. The casino itself was peppered with the inscription “I was there! 6-4-2020 Re-opening Las Vegas! “
On the morning of 9:30 am on June 4th, the Bellagio will show its famous water feature again for the first time. The Bellagio itself opened just half an hour later. The water feature is considered a Vegas landmark. The fact that the Bellagio has started operations again gives many residents hope that the ghost will soon end and normality will return. The Bellagio has done a lot to make the restart as smooth as possible: The credo is: “Safety first”, but customers shouldn’t be too restricted by this and should enjoy a good time despite the safety measures.
The golden nugget also ushered in the day with a ceremony. A small crowd of people gathered around the gates of the casino before midnight to experience the digital fireworks on the LED screen as a sign of the reopening. For many people, the reopening has a symbolic character.