The opening of Virgin Hotels Las Vegas could suffer an additional delay, according to a report by the popular Las Vegas blog, Vital Vegas.
The property was originally supposed to open doors this fall, but its launch was delayed until mid-January 2021 due to market conditions and construction delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
In an internal memo to staff, Richard Bosworth, president and CEO of casino complex owner JC Hospitality, said property management is considering delay its opening And that while it would be very difficult for everyone to delay the launch even further, it would probably be the right thing to do.
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak ordered this weekend that casinos and other non-essential businesses reduce their capacity to 25% as the state struggles to contain a further increase in Covid-19 cases. As part of the measures implemented by the state, the size of the event’s meetings was also drastically reduced from a maximum of 250 attendees to just 50 attendees.
Mr. Bosworth said in his memo that while the current restrictions are only scheduled for the next three weeks, “there could be an extension if the Covid-19 crisis does not improve.” The executive added that the slowdown in local services and the reduced size of event meetings “probably they will affect many of our activities leading up to the inauguration. “
The opening could coincide with the new peak of Covid-19
Virgin Hotels Las Vegas was scheduled to open its doors for its first visitors and guests on January 15, 2021. According to Mr. Bosworth’s memo, the CDC and John Hopkins University have projected that the next Covid-19 spike will occur in early January, just before its scheduled launch.
Mr. Bosworth noted that while it is difficult to know whether these projections are accurate, it would be “Extremely detrimental to our openness” if they are accurate.
Virgin Hotels Las Vegas began accepting hotel reservations earlier this month. Mr. Bosworth said in his memo that they are closely monitoring the bookings for the month of January and that “with unprecedented low occupancy projections for Las Vegas, it’s not clear that if we were to open on schedule, there would be enough business to support the schedule for even 50% of our staff.
The executive noted that while he was unable to determine a new opening date for the time being, the property’s launch could being three or more weeks late after the original date of January 15.
Virgin Hotels Las Vegas will occupy the site of the former Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. The now former Hard Rock property closed its doors for good last February to undergo a multi-million dollar renovation and transformation at Virgin Hotels.
The new hotel and casino complex will feature 1,500 rooms and suites in three towers. Its hotel operations will be part of Hilton’s Curio Collection. Virgin Hotels Las Vegas will also feature 12 food and beverage outlets and a 60,000-square-foot casino that will be operated by hospitality and tribal gaming giant Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment.
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