The Mirage hotel-casino in Las Vegas will stop operating midweek early next month, a spokesperson for real estate operator MGM Resorts International announced Monday.
Mirage will be closed from Monday to Wednesday starting January 4 due to decreased visits amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
The property previously closed its hotel in the middle of the week, but extended the closure to its casino floor, restaurants and other facilities. Property officials do not expect scaled-down operations to extend beyond February, it was also known.
However, MGM said in a statement Monday that it will continue to assess “how long the Mirage midweek closure will remain in effect.”
Mirage is not the only Las Vegas Strip property with limited operations due to the Covid-19 crisis and its impact on the gaming and hospitality industries. Planet Hollywood, Park MGM and Encore These are some of the other strip resorts that have implemented midweek closings. However, these affect only your hotel operations.
Business on the Strip has been modest since mid-2020, when Casinos were allowed to reopen after a state-mandated three-month shutdown, and it has slowed down significantly in recent weeks as international tourism is virtually non-existent this holiday season.
Experts say other resorts could follow Mirage’s lead if the number of visits doesn’t improve soon.
Governor Sisolak expands restrictions
Late last month, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak introduced more restrictions than casinos and other non-essential businesses were already obliged to comply, as the state has been dealing with a further surge in Covid-19 cases.
The new measures were expected to remain in place for at least three weeks, but as these three weeks passed, Governor Sisolak announced last week that they would be extended. at least until mid-January.
The state’s casino and hotel complexes must operate at 25% capacity, below the 50% occupancy limits that were implemented in June when the properties began to resume operations.
Additionally, Governor Sisolak limited the capacity of event meetings, including in the complex’s showrooms and churches, to 50 attendees, in front of a maximum of 250 attendees. This put further pressure on the Nevada convention industry, which had just started to show some signs of recovery with the previous limit of 250 people.
Under current restrictions, restaurants and bars must also operate at 25% capacity and are not allowed to offer tables for more than four people. Eating without an appointment is also prohibited.
Governor Sisolak warned Nevada casino operators that the full force of state gambling regulators would be behind the enforcement of the new antivirus measures and that state casinos “They would suffer the consequences” if they did not meet the requirements.
The new restrictions resulted in a highly anticipated casino opening that was delayed indefinitely. Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, formerly Hard Rock Las Vegas, was supposed to open its doors on January 15But property officials confirmed earlier this month that they were forced to review the launch plans. They are now reportedly targeting the opening date of March 1, but it will be seen how the Covid-19 situation will unfold and when exactly Virgin Hotels will welcome their first guests.