LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — MGM Resorts International announced Monday morning it is opening the last of its properties closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Park MGM and NoMad Las Vegas, the hotel within Park MGM, will reopen on September 30 and both will now be the Las Vegas Strip’s first fully smoke-free casino resort.
One of the hotel executives says guests have been asking for a non-smoking property for a long time.
Other additions to the resort’s reopening include COVID-19 safety measures, enhanced cleaning routine, social distancing and contactless check-in.
Smokers that 8 News Now spoke with say they will just stay at another resort, where they can smoke. Others see it as a great option.
“I think that is so fantastic. That’s one of the things I’ve really hated about Las Vegas is having to walk through all this toxic air,” Carl Hagound, a tourist from Washington state said.
“I’m fine with it. Being a mother, period, to come somewhere like this and still have the option of going somewhere where my kids wouldn’t have to be bothered with smoking, it would be great for me,” Ava Henry, a tourist from North Carolina said.
Las Vegas has tried smoke-less casinos before. Back in 1991, Silver City switched to a smoke-free casino, but then it closed eight years later.
There are other hotels on the Strip that are smoke-free today, like the Delano and Vdara suites. These properties, however, are not casinos.
“Opening Park MGM and NoMad represent significant milestones, as they are the last of our properties to welcome back employees and guests alike. The last six months have presented extraordinary challenges and I could not be prouder of the MGM Resorts team for the tireless effort required to get us here. There is much work ahead as we remain focused on the health and safety of our employees and guests, but this is an important moment for us.”Bill Hornbuckle, MGM Resorts CEO and President