LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — One of the last mega-resorts on the Las Vegas Strip reopened with Hollywood style fanfare Thursday after being closed since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Actor and comedian Anthony Anderson surprised guests just moments before the front doors were officially unlocked.
“I was here for the grand opening of Planet Hollywood and that was a sight to see. I’m also glad to see the Strip reopening,” he said.
Planet Hollywood is reopening in phases as tourism slowly returns. The hotel rooms will only be available from Thursday through Sunday, until demand picks up. However, the gaming floor will be open every day as will several restaurants, bars, the sportsbook, pool and spa. The company has also eliminated parking fees in a effort to draw more customers.
A directive from Gov. Steve Sisolak closed all gaming establishments seven months ago. Those properties were allowed to start reopening in early June.
One Florida visitor was happy to see COVID-19 safety guidelines being followed.
“Florida just reopened as a state. We’ve had trouble off and on with folks following proper guidelines, social distancing, mask wearing, you all are not hesitant to ask people to do the right things to keep yourselves safe, to keep visitors safe. So, we couldn’t be more thrilled to be here,” said Tracie Wallace.
Following Planet Hollywood’s opening, the only gaming property on the Strip to remain closed is The Cromwell at the coroner of Flamingo Road and Las Vegas Boulevard. The CBS show “Love Island” just finished filming there.
The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino and The Palms Las Vegas which are located off the Strip remain closed. They have yet to announce plans for reopening. Visitor volume remains down in Las Vegas.