Bringing live entertainment back to the Strip will help the struggling Las Vegas gaming market and the economy as a whole. With no shows and larger midweek conventions, gaming revenue has dropped significantly at the larger casinos that are more reliant on tourism.
In response to the recent decline in tourism, Wynn Resorts suspended mid-week operations for its Encore Las Vegas property visit the KaptenPoker list and Planet Hollywood only operates its hotels on Thursdays-Mondays. The return of more entertainment options could allow these industries to bring jobs back into the economy.
To ensure social distancing, the show will have a maximum capacity of 250 guests and there will be at least 25 feet between the stage and the first row of seats. Some of the shows will be moved to larger theaters to ensure guidelines are followed.
“After eight months, it is time to bring entertainment back to the Entertainment Capital of the World,” said MGM Resorts Entertainment and Sports President George Kliavkoff in a statement. “While there is still a long way to go in restoring our city, relaunching these events is an important first step.”
Earlier this month, Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox said that there is technology and testing available today that will enable larger gatherings in a bubble-like atmosphere. That larger gathering appears to be key to bringing Las Vegas back to pre-pandemic levels of economic activity.
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