LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — After months in the dark, the bright lights of Las Vegas could start to shine once again — even if a bit dimmer — in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

“What you’re going to see is a Las Vegas without all the bells and whistles — so not all of the best restaurants are going to be open, not all of the games are going to be open,” Anthony Curtis, a tourism expert, said. “Certainly, for a long time, maybe none of the shows are going to be open.”

Curtis, who runs the site LasVegasAdvisor.com, said several Vegas hotels and casinos are hoping to open sometime between Memorial Day weekend and late June.

The Wynn and Encore properties have stated that they’re aiming to be open May 26, but they need the blessing of the Gaming Control Board and the Nevada governor.

“We’ve got to take care of our citizens, and we’ve got to take care of our tourists,” Curtis said. “We’ve got to make sure the people who come here are not going to get sick so they never come back again.”

The crowds in nightclubs and casinos that Vegas is known for are, for now, a thing of the past. And Curtis said the biggest difference could be on the gaming floor.

“The dealers will have masks, the dealers will have gloves,” Curtis said. “There’s going to be plexiglass in between at certain places — between dealers and players. There’s going to be plexiglass between players and players.”

And that might not be the only difference as at least one Las Vegas startup company has started testing a device to disinfect the air inside casinos.

“What you don’t see is the rubber hose, the hoses that are built into the base of the cable that take this air, process it through a tube which is treated with UVC light,” Darryl Roseblatt, of Smith Rosen Gaming, said.

Curtis also said that people should be prepared for deals — lower prices for rooms, gambling incentives, free parking and, possibly, suspended resort fees — though the atmosphere of Las Vegas will be hard to get back.

“It’s very social here,” he said. “And you want that hustle and bustle, so that’s going to be a big challenge to have that same feeling about Las Vegas.”

Comments (22)
  1. adozengifts says:

    any fool that goes there is a fool. don’t fall for these loss of freedom techniques with masks, gloves and jail plexiglass barriers. Its all to separate humanity..DO NOT FALL FOR IT

    1. gatsby1952@hotmail.com says:

      What a delusion.

  2. stpaulmerc says:

    But if the fool doesn’t go there, he is still a fool.

  3. Lar Jam says:

    Open everything up and put it on the people to protect themselves. Nobody has ever sued anyone for catching the flu or a cold. Let’s just say no to Covid lawsuits.

  4. Ron Bonner says:

    With those restrictions in place I’ll find something else to do.Wonder if they’ll kick the bums off the strip?

  5. Fidel007 says:

    So with all this disinfectant our bodies natural ability to fight off viruses will disappear. Making you more susceptible to every little germ.

  6. zee says:

    GOOO VEGAS !!! U KNOW About UV LIGHT ‘tech’. &&& So
    SHOULD E’1 Else !!!

  7. zee says:

    &&& Thank you for post w/0ut all the BS’
    To PPL = PLEASE, KNOW about UV LIGHT tech !!!
    UV- A -B- C (choose Proper Spectrum) Deployed Properly KILLS ‘ Virus’ !!!
    Including the stewpid Cov-19 , a derivative 0f “SARS-COV-2) Remember ‘That 1’ ) ?
    > Hope So… Thank you. BE FREE !!!

  8. acenypd says:

    In 1918 and 1919, the Spanish Flu consumed the world. I am sure everyone was afraid to catch it after it subsided, but then the Roaring ’20’s happened. So there is hope we can be better than ever.

    Booked the Signature for end of August. We go for the food, relaxation and the pools. I will wait to next year to play poker there again.

  9. Blaine Byerly says:

    My wife just saw a post where the casinos are offering curb-side valet service. They will come out to your car and all you need to do is hand over all your money.

    1. william thomas says:

      Just mail them your money. No air fare, hotel costs and Covid risk.

  10. Joseph Peter Campbell says:

    Casinos are money printing machines for the owners, and money scuking machines for the foolish players!

  11. jleonard14 says:

    So, are they going to clean the chips after every hand before they give them to you? What a joke this whole thing is…

  12. Delbert says:

    Wow. Sounds like fun. Not. Think I’m gonna pass.

  13. bib123wffefe@gmail.com says:

    Good to see an article quoting a knowledgeable source like Anthony Curtis. He is by far the best source for Las Vegas visitors to turn to for info that is accurate. Las Vegas Advisor has always been the “go to” publication for Vegas!

  14. Shawn Kalin says:

    If this keeps on for very long, you can kiss Vegas goodbye!

  15. Mike .R. says:

    What a joke. And I’ll guarantee you…1000%…that the lady reporter at the end of the video – removed her mask after the camera shut off. The media and the government are playing us for FOOLS!

  16. The Realist says:

    Like the dust bowl of the 1930s Vegas is going to be covered in sand forever if the virus resurges this winter. But optimism and hope are good things right?

  17. David says:

    The negativity of these responses are amazing. Everyone is trying to figure out the best thing for everyone. All of these ideas, yes ideas, may or may not work. You have to try something. Nothing is definite. The staff and the customers have to be protected and feel comfortable about being in these casinos. For all of the suggestions being made that you don’t like, suggest ideas that will make your Vegas experience better.

  18. Gordon Easton says:

    Do not continue to force people to pay the resort fees! If people are brave enough to fill the casinos, then they should get a few breaks. i.e. When you check into your hotel, give them a ten dollar food coupon when they hand you your key. Forget the cover charge if you go to Stoneys or Gillys.

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