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Pair Of Las Vegas Strip Casinos To Open In June

Venetian And Palazzo Planning On Opening Its Doors Next Month

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As Nevada continues to slowly reopen the local economy, a Las Vegas Strip casino is planning to reopen its doors in June.

According to a report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, The Venetian and Palazzo, the two Las Vegas Sands properties, are preparing to open sometime in June. An exact date has not been announced yet.

With the reopening plans, also come plenty of safety measures, to ensure the spread of COVID-19 is minimized. Aside from implementing the procedures mandated by the Nevada Gaming Commission, Sands plans to test every single employee for coronavirus before returning to work.

Employees can be tested for the virus itself or to see if they have developed antibodies to it, which would indicate they already contracted and recovered from the disease.

Last Monday, the company began offering testing for both employees and household members 13 and older.

Las Vegas Sands and Wynn Resorts are the only two gaming operators on the strip who have continued to pay its employees’ salary and benefits for the duration of the shutdown. Sands’ original plan was to pay its staff through May 17 but announced that it would continue to provide pay and benefits for its employees after that date.

Last week, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced that he was starting phase one of his multi-stage reopening plan a week early.

The first phase started on Saturday, which allowed most businesses to reopen, but still kept bars, entertainment venues, and casinos closed. Sisolak has yet to give an exact timeline on when gaming will reopen but reiterated last week that it won’t be at the start of phase one.

With both Wynn and Sands owning two Strip properties, those four properties will likely open as soon as given the okay. Other operators will take a gradual approach to reopening casinos.

Station Casinos will keep Palms, Fiesta Henderson, Fiesta Rancho and Texas Station casinos closed initially. MGM and Caesars are rumored to take a similar approach.