LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — MGM Resorts International announced Wednesday that it will resume its 24-hour, seven days a week operations at three of its resorts on March 3.
Mandalay Bay, Park MGM and the Mirage have been operating with mid-week closures due to decreased numbers of visitors.
“As we begin to see positive signs around the public’s sentiment about traveling, coupled with important progress on the vaccination front and decreasing COVID-19 case numbers, bringing Mandalay Bay, Park MGM and The Mirage back to full-week operations is an important step for us,” said Bill Hornbuckle, MGM Resorts’ CEO & President. “We remain optimistic about Las Vegas’ recovery and our ability to bring employees back to work as business volumes allow us to do so.”
According to a news release from MGM, the properties are following a “Seven-Point Safety Plan” which involves a multi-layered set of protocols and procedures designed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Bernard Carter, visiting from Detroit, says he feels safe and is looking forward to exploring more, once things are fully opened.
“I think that will be something good, bring back businesses in the area,” he said. “And I will be interested in staying there the next time I come.”
More properties opening is also good news for those needing to return to work.
Thomas Gearon has lived in Las Vegas for 17 years. He says when the Strip shut down, it was heartbreaking to see the effect it had on working families.
“I think it’s a good sign for the local economy. I think we think of Vegas, basically, I think it has 225,000 jobs on the casino, and how are these people going to pay their rent?,” he questioned. “I think safety protocols are absolutely imperative, important.”
As people make the decision to start traveling, they tell us they are glad to hear all the changes the properties in Las Vegas are doing to keep them safe while visiting.
“It’s a very positive sign and makes me feel good that there’s actually a plan in place,” Gearon said.
The company also announced several of its live entertainment shows will return to the stage this month and early March.