Nevada casinos reopened for gaming at 12:01 am. Thursday, ushering in guests eager to try their luck 78 days after resorts were closed because of the COVID-19
After 78 days of historic quiet, cards will be cut, dice will roll and jackpots can jingle again 12:01 a.m. Thursday at casinos in Las Vegas and throughout Nevada.
With downtown casino hotels back online, travelers' attention will turn to the famed Las Vegas Strip, home to glittering casino resorts known around the world. Major casino companies including MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment will start reopening Thursday morning. The famed Bellagio fountains will be turned back on, and the High Roller observation wheel will resume scenic rides.
If the experience downtown is any indication, they are likely to be packed given pent-up demand.
One downtown casino official said Wednesday night was like a normal Saturday night, as if the coronavirus shutdown had never occured.
After more than two months of closures, Nevada’s casinos have begun to reopen. It’ll be gradual—not all restaurants and other amenities will be up and running right away, and all buffets, nightclubs, dayclubs and live entertainment venues will stay shuttered for now.
Properties have been working hard to create as safe an environment as possible, leading Gov. Steve Sisolak to proclaim, “I don’t think you’re going to find a safer place to visit than Las Vegas by June 4.” Expect limits on the number of players at table games, thermal checks for patrons upon entering properties, plentiful sanitation stations and more. Some resorts are even offering touchless arrivals—curbside check-in for hotel guests, with doors that automatically open and lead to the rooms.
The following is a list of what to expect at resorts around town, aside from table games and slot machines, which will return in some capacity at all properties.
ALIANTE: The North Las Vegas spot is bringing back bingo, its sportsbook and its pool, but the movie theater, valet and spa will remain shuttered for now. Among restaurants, MRKT Sea & Land and Bistro 57 are set to reopen, with the latter featuring revised hours.
ARIZONA CHARLIE’S: The hotel’s Decatur and Boulder locations will reopen, specifically the main casino, bingo halls and Sourdough Cafés at both sites.
BELLAGIO: The pool area will be open, along with the fitness center for hotel guests. The Bellagio Conservatory will relaunch with new Japanese spring garden display “Japan Journey: Magic of Kansai.” Restaurant reopenings include Jasmine, Lago, Mayfair Supper Club, Prime Steakhouse and Sadelle’s. Parking fees have been suspended. And the fountains also officially turn back on June 4.
BOULDER STATION: Kids Quest will reopen, along with restaurants including the Broiler, the Grand Café and Guadalajara. The poker room remains shuttered.
CAESARS PALACE: “A selection” of Forum Shop retailers will be open, along with casino restaurants including Brioche, Cafe Americano, Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen (for dinner only), Mesa Grill, Nobu, Old Homestead Steakhouse and Pronto. The Lobby Bar, Montecristo Cigar Bar, Vanderpump Cocktail Garden, Vista Lounge and Venus Pool are among other amenities that will be available again. Parking fees have been suspended.
CALIFORNIA: Aloha Specialties returns (daily, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily and until 10 p.m. weekends). Redwood Steakhouse will be open Wednesday-Sunday, and Market Street comes back with round-the-clock hours.
THE CANNERY: Though the Eastside property won’t return on June 4, the location on Craig Road will, bringing back Carve Prime Rib (5-9 p.m. daily) and its café (24/7).
CIRCUS CIRCUS: The Adventuredome and Carnival Midway return, along with Splash Zone and the pool. Also reopening: the spa and salon, the sportsbook and restaurants including the Steak House and Blue Iguana.
THE COSMOPOLITAN: Most restaurants will return June 4, including Beauty & Essex, Blue Ribbon, Eggslut, STK and the Block 16 Urban Food Hall, along with bars such as Chandelier, Clique and Vesper. The Boulevard Pool is reopening, with appropriately spaced lounge chairs, daybeds and cabanas. Sahra Spa, Salon & Hammam, both fitness centers and the outdoor tennis courts are also coming back. Parking fees have been suspended.
THE D: The pool will be open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, with a social distancing outdoor lounge. Food and beverage options include Andiamo Italian Steakhouse, American Coney Island, BarCanada, D Grill, Longbar and Vue Bar.
EL CORTEZ: Eatery Siegel’s 1941 is reopening, along with all of the property’s bars. Tip: Park in the garage at 7th Street and Ogden Avenue.
ELLIS ISLAND: The Village Pub 24-hour cafe and Ellis Island BBQ are back, but the beer garden the Front Yard will remain shut for now.
FLAMINGO: The Beach Club and Go pools are both reopening, along with Bugsy’s Bar, X Bar and Pizza to Go. Some restaurants and retail spots at the adjacent Linq Promenade are also returning, and the High Roller Observation Wheel will operate daily from noon to midnight. Parking fees have been suspended.
FREMONT: The Downtown property’s sportsbook and valet will be operational.
GOLD COAST: Ping Pang Pong returns with daily hours from 10 a.m. to 3 a.m. Bowling, bingo and the sportsbook are also back, but the movie theater, spa and hotel rooms remain closed. Cornerstone steakhouse is reopening, with daily hours from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
GOLDEN GATE: The Circa Sportsbook will be open around the clock. Bar Prohibition and OneBar are both returning.
GOLDEN NUGGET: The Downtown resort’s pool is reopening, along with eateries including Cadillac, Chick-fil-A, Claim Jumper and Vic & Anthony’s, plus the Stage Bar and Bar 46. Additionally, the new Saltgrass Steak House will debut with drinks and bartop gaming.
GREEN VALLEY RANCH: Reopening restaurants include Borracha, Bottliglia, Grand Café, Hank’s, Pizza Rock and Tides, along with food-court options like Fatburger and Capriotti’s. Bingo, keno, the sportsbook and Kids Quest are returning, as are the spa, salon, pool, fitness center and complementary valet service.
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HARRAH’S: Harrah’s will reopen June 5 at 11 a.m., one day after the others on this list. The relaunch will feature renovated hotel rooms, a remodeled casino floor and hotel lobby, and a revamped Ruth’s Chris Steak House.
JOKERS WILD: The café returns with daily hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends.
ORLEANS: The poker room, pool and bowling center will be up and running at limited capacity. Restaurants Bailiwick, Copper Whisk, Ondori, and TGI Fridays will return, along with quick-food options like Subway and Sbarro. This is also the lone Boyd Gaming property with live poker at present, with tables capped at four participants.
M RESORT: Reopening restaurants include Anthony’s Steakhouse, Baby Cakes, Burgers & Brews and the Vig Deli. M Resort’s pool, spa, fitness center and valet service all remain closed.
MGM GRAND: The resort will initially reopen Avenue Café, Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Crush, Pieology and Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill. The Grand Pool Complex is also coming back, while the salon and fitness center will only be available to hotel guests. Self-parking fees have been suspended, and the valet will stay closed. Also, Topgolf has not reopened.
NEW YORK-NEW YORK: The Big Apple Roller Coaster, Big Apple Arcade and Hershey’s Chocolate World are coming back. The pool area is reopening, while the fitness center will be available only to hotel guests. Returning dining options include America, Chin Chin, Gallagher’s Steakhouse, Gonzalez y Gonzalez, Il Fornaio and Tom’s Urban.
PALACE STATION: The pool is reopening, along with valet and the airport shuttle. Dining options include Boathouse, Charcoal Room, Brass Fork, Little Tony’s and the Oyster Bar. The poker room remains closed.
PLANET HOLLYWOOD: The casino and hotel aren’t back yet, but the Miracle Mile Shops have been cleared to reopen, though some restaurants and retailers may remain closed for now.
THE PLAZA: The bingo room, rooftop pool and to-go dining options Pop Up Pizza and Coffee Bar are reopening. Sit-down restaurants remain closed. Tip: Park on the third floor of the garage for direct access to the bingo room.
RAMPART: The sportsbook and bingo room will operate at 50% capacity, as will reopening restaurants Earl Grey Café and Clubhouse Deli (June 4) and Hawthorn Grill (June 5).
RED ROCK: The Red Rock Lanes bowling center and Kids Quest are reopening, along with the bingo and keno parlors and the sportsbook. Valet parking, the pool, spa and salon are also back. Relaunched dining options include 8 Noodle Bar, Blue Ribbon, Grand Café, Hearthstone, Lucille’s, T-Bones Chophouse and Yard House, as https://lasvegassun.com/places/silverton-casino-lodge/well as the food court.
SAHARA: The rooftop pool is reopening, along with Northside Café and the Casbar Lounge. Bazaar Meat will return on June 5.
SANTA FE STATION: Reopenings include Kids Quest, bowling, bingo, keno and the sportsbook, along with restaurants such as Charcoal Room, Grand Café, Leticia’s and the Oyster Bar.
SAM’S TOWN: The Angry Butcher will be back seven days a week starting at 4 p.m. The bowling lanes, bingo and sportsbook and food court are reopening, while the movie theater will remain closed.
SILVER SEVENS: The reopening will include gambling and the main bar, while dining and other amenities will stay closed for now.
SILVERTON: Among the amenities and attractions set to reopen on June 4: the Aquarium (with mermaid swims and stingray feedings), the pool (for hotel guests only), Shady Grove Bar and restaurants including Mi Casa, Sundance Grill and WuHu Noodle.
SOUTH POINT: The adult pool has reopened, as has the fitness center (with limited hours) and the salon (by appointment only). Among returned restaurants are Coronado Café, Don Vito’s, Silverado Steakhouse, Steak ‘n Shake and Zenshin.
THE STRAT: The Observation Deck, Top of the World restaurant, Chapel in the Clouds and bars 107 SkyLounge, 108 Drinks and View Lounge are reopening, along with the Big Shot and SkyJump (those attractions will run Friday-Sunday, 2-10 p.m.) Also back: the sportsbook and Strat Café.
SUNCOAST: Du-par’s will be back 24/7, and 90 Ninety steakhouse returns with daily hours starting at 4 p.m. Bingo, bowling and the sportsbook are also relaunched, while the movie theater remains closed.
SUNSET STATION: Bingo, keno and the sportsbook are returning, along with restaurants including Grand Café, Pasta Cucina, Sonoma Cellar and the Oyster Bar. The bowling center and Kids Quest are also reopening.
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TREASURE ISLAND: Señor Frogs will initially be open Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday for dinner, and Friday and Saturday from noon until midnight. Pizzeria Francesco’s will initially operate from noon to 6 p.m. daily. The pool and cabana area are reopening; the sportsbook returns June 5.
VENETIAN & PALAZZO: Both the Venetian and Palazzo towers are reopening, along with restaurants including Black Tap, Cut, Matteo’s, Mott 32, Sixth+Mill and cocktail bars the Dorsey and Electra. The resort complex will also show off a restyled pool deck, inspired by the Italian Riviera, and new poolside café Spritz.
WILDFIRE: The 10 Wildfire Gaming properties throughout the Las Vegas area are reopening.
WYNN & ENCORE: All restaurant offerings return, apart from the buffet. The pools at both properties are reopening, along with beauty salons, barber shops, spas and fitness centers. Wynn Golf Club relaunched during the initial phase of the state’s reopening. The nightclub and poker rooms will stay closed.