One year ago, Las Vegas shut down its nonessential businesses, and the neon-lit Strip went dark. It was to help slow the spread of Covid-19, which caused a worldwide pandemic that’s still in effect. A city that averages 13.5 million visitors a month had to figure out a way to keep operating.
During the pandemic, the city saw over a 50% decrease in tourism. Las Vegas is slowly moving back to a state of normalcy as hotels, casinos, and pools are opening back up. Although, the pandemic has changed everything, including the way Sin City is operating.
Las Vegas During The Pandemic
Unfortunately, as of May 2021, the pandemic is still happening. If you’re planning to take a trip to Vegas anytime soon, here is what Las Vegas looks like.
Buffets Are At Half Capacity
The capacity for restaurants and bars in Las Vegas is capped at 50% capacity. The restaurants were requiring reservations and a maximum of six people to a table. They have provided a socially distant environment by spacing out the tables, offering touchless and to-go ordering
Unfortunately, this safety measure also included closing down the iconic buffets.
Some restaurants have delayed reopening buffets since some have experienced a decrease in demand. Restaurants had to figure out a way to serve food at the buffets safely and this required redesigning them so they could incorporate servers. However, this did not go over well as most tourists would prefer to serve themselves at a buffet. Therefore, they remain closed.
Pools Require Reservations
Similar to restaurants and bars, pools are to operate at a 50% capacity. These pools use to be exhilarating pool parties, but now they are simply a place to hang out.
Reservations have been required for your spot at the pool. This will reserve a chair or table ahead of time, and even secure your access to the pool. All of the chairs are positioned six feet apart to maintain social distancing. The only benefit to this is the pool clubs are waiving any cover charge they may have initially had.
Casinos Enforce Safety Protocols
March was a month of forward progress for casinos. These hotel-casinos could return to a 24-7 operation and increase the casino floor capacity from 25% to 50%. The resorts have added benefits with discounted room rates, but they enforce safety protocols, including testing for employees.
On the casino floor, you will notice a different setup. Tables for big games, like roulette and craps, have been rearranged to maintain social distancing. Some gambling games that have close seating, like slot machines, will have plexiglass for appropriate separation.
Las Vegas Has A Mask Mandate
Nevada still has their mask mandate; however, you cannot wear your mask all the time as some situations in Las Vegas call for the removal of your mask. However, employees in Las Vegas are required to wear masks at all times.
On the other hand, tourists in restaurants and pools must wear a mask unless they are at their table or swimming. Like restaurants and pools, if you are eating in the casino, you do not need to wear your mask. If someone refuses to wear a mask, they may be instructed to leave.