The pandemic was nothing short of devastating for the entertainment capital of the world. Over a year after freezing and closing down all non-essential businesses in Las Vegas, the casino, entertainment, and hospitality industries—which powered the majority of the city’s economy—are itching to open their doors again. And it won’t be long before they get to do just that, given that they continue to follow state-mandated social distancing and other health protocols, of course.
Vegas is known for its glitzy lights and resort-casino establishments like the MGM Grand and Caesars Palace, to name a few. People from all over the world flocked to Las Vegas for a spot at a casino table or a few spins on the slot machines. With the casinos closed, the city became an entirely different place.
These resort-casinos have previously been operating with midweek closures since October 2020. But they’re now polishing their poker tables and wiping dust off the dice as they start to reopen and welcome guests again. For one, Encore at Wynn Las Vegas is about ready to resume their full-week of operations by April 8. Other casinos are following suit, and this means that the city’s casino tourism industry will be back in full swing soon enough.
Performers were some of the hardest-hit workers in Las Vegas. A Vegas documentary outlined how people who worked in live entertainment especially had a difficult time finding other employment after the mass closure of shows. Their skills are very specific to these productions and lots of these workers were forced to leave Las Vegas. This was a huge blow to the community, as there was a plethora of exciting shows everyday in Sin City. Some of the most iconic shows like Absinthe at Caesars Palace, Cirque du Soleil, and Blue Man Group at Luxor are known worldwide.
However, the curtains are being drawn yet again at the Strip. We have covered the electrifying shows that are coming back onstage, like Thunder From Down Under at Excalibur and Atomic at the Atomic Saloon at Grand Canal Shoppes. Several others are set to reopen, too, and the Vegas entertainment industry and community are ready to start again.
Guy Savoy, DJT, and Le Cirque? These Michelin-rated restaurants call Vegas their home, and most of them had to close or scale down operations following the pandemic, as dining in was strictly discouraged for a time.
Vegas has always been a top destination for different cuisines and restaurant styles. Now that restaurateurs are preparing to start cooking again, you can look forward to new gastronomic experiences. Virgin Hotels is bringing 12 new food outlets to the city and Caesars Palace is set to have a spanking new restaurant by celebrity chef Bobby Flay. Even David Chang is joining in on the party at the Cosmopolitan. Additionally, Vegas icons, Mr. Fries Man and Bob’s Big Boy, are both opening new locations.
Las Vegas is known for its flamboyance and loud glamour, it’s only fitting that its businesses come back in full force and with renewed gusto.