Yes, our Grand Poobah, the Governor of the State of Nevada, has granted us, his lowly subjects, some reprieve from his stronghold on our throats and said that we can open up to 50% capacity beginning Monday, March 15th. (With some restrictions).
Then on May 1, he can finally stop pretending to look like he knows what he is doing and go back to hiding inside the Governor’s mansion. On that date, he is letting the adults take control of the recovery process. Letting the local authorities have a say in what can open and what stays closed in their jursidiction.
What Does This Mean?
Being at 50% capacity means we get to open more stores, more businesses. The resorts are reopening more rooms, more suites. The sporting events like Golden Knights Hockey can now let more fans into the stands and cheer on the home team. You, as tourists, won’t have to wait in lines as long and not have to make a reservation for most of the usual places you want to visit.
As we see the people who are coming to Las Vegas now, are more actual tourists, not just drive-ins from California! We are starting to see plans for many attractions to start getting back to longer hours of operations. Almost back to Pre-Covid days. I say almost. Not entirely there yet!
More of the lesser-known attractions, like the museums, art galleries can now open up and allow people to walk around a little more and not have to keep them in lines as if they were third-graders on a field trip.
Las Vegas is Coming Back to Life!
We have been operating at 35% capacity with heavy restrictions (like having to make reservations to step into the local McDonalds), including distances from each other, and the few shows that could reopen had to have a moat around the stages that kept the few people allowed in, far from the stages.
In other words, businesses may now be able to operate at a level where they could possibly afford to pay their bills, hire their staff back and keep their lights on a little while longer… At least those that survived the lockdown. Many did not.
Moving to 50 percent:
- Libraries, museums, art galleries, aquariums, zoos, retail stores, and indoor malls
- Places of worship
- Medicinal and recreational cannabis establishments
- Community/recreational centers (incl. public pools)
Good news for those traveling from the colder climate, seating restrictions on outdoor dining will be gone. Social-distancing, and mask-wearing, whenever guests aren’t eating or drinking, will still be enforced (cough, cough!). But it means more venues will have more options for you to enjoy Las Vegas.
The Strip is coming alive again!
During a walking tour today, I noticed a lot more people were enjoying the outdoor seating for the restaurants even if it was a little chilly. They wanted to sit outdoors and enjoy the sunshine and the people watching. And there were people out walking the Strip! Seriously, a lot more people, like, crowds of people!! We almost forgot what that was like. To walk the Strip and having to maneuver around people. It’s been a year since we had that issue!
When going inside, I noticed a lot more casino games were also turned on in anticipation of the new limits. More areas have been reopened, expanded, and cleaned up, ready for the larger crowds anticipated for the upcoming events like the Final Four and of course, Spring breaks!
Resort security, for the most part, was VERY friendly when reminding people to make sure they were wearing their masks and that they were coving the mouth and nose while indoors. I say that as a compliment!
So, Yes, Vegas is Back in Business!!!