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Gamblers Return to Las Vegas Casinos After Long Lockdown

It seems like the lights of Las Vegas are finally coming to life after lockdown for gambling has ended.

This Thursday casinos welcomed the first ones to go out and get the machines going and dices turning.

One Las Vegas downtown casino owner by the name of Derek Stevens commented:

“The past few months have presented our city with an unprecedented challenge. We are excited to get our employees back to work and to welcome guests to the entertainment capital of the world.”

Stevens owns the D Hotel and Casino that’s one of his properties and it greeted thousands of people at its doors. After a quick temperature check, all gamblers went in and were serviced by the casino staff all wearing protection gear.

On the other hand, a Cincinnati utility worker called Mike Gebhardt said that he went to an empty Last Vegas before everything opened. In his words:

“It’s going to be a little different but that’s the way things are now.”

Other comments came by a casino executive called Alan Feldman who is now part of the International Gaming Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas:

“There’s a tremendous amount on the line, not only for casinos, but for the community and the state. This is an extremely important moment.”

Such reactions are no surprise though. Since the shutdown starting the 17th of March, gambling businesses lost billions of dollars each month.

However, the industry incorporated measures that go by the rules of disinfestation of dices used for dice games, masks, limited quantities of players, phone check-ins, etc.

Sandra Morgan, the Chief of the Gaming Control Board said:

“I’m optimistic that customers will see that gaming properties invested time and effort to welcome them back to a safe and entertaining environment.”

Moreover, operators like Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts are going to open up progressively their properties. Owners said that they will track how many people come in.

Sadly, their nightclubs, swimming pools and halls will remain closed to visitors.

The Chief Executive of MGM Resorts Bill Hornbuckle said:

“It may be a little different. But I think it will be memorable, personable and special.”

Some comments followed from tourists coming in to Las Vegas after quarantine. Overall, they’re pretty happy with the safety measure and protocols.

Las Vegas locals also went out on Thursday and commented on this new way of life. Patricia and Marcus Ware said:

“The Bellagio has done an outstanding job of being guarded and keeping everyone at the correct distances, so my hat is off to the people who are running things. It’s amazing.”

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