One of the few upsides of the pandemic was the disappearance of karaoke in Las Vegas, but now it’s back, despite our best efforts.
Yes, yes, we know karaoke (a Japanese term meaning “ear stabbing”) has legions of fans. There are also people who enjoy having their testicles crushed between large rocks.
Anyhoo, Nevada officials have deemed karaoke and open mic gatherings cool again, as long as venues stick to a 50 percent capacity limit.
For additional protection, karaoke lounges must use microphone covers, replaced after every slaughtering of “Sweet Caroline” or “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
Venues must also keep singers 12 feet from audience members, which, in the case of most karaoke singers, isn’t nearly far enough.
Anyone not actively singing, eating or drinking must be masked. Our motto: Always be drinking.
There are a slew of karaoke options in Las Vegas.
Yes, there are many others, but we don’t want to encourage this behavior.
It’s best to not question why authorities considered karaoke a public health hazard before now. Beyond the obvious threat to eardrums, that is.
Let’s just focus on the fact Vegas is healing, with restrictions loosening and crowds returning (at least on weekends).
The surprisingly quick return of visitors in such great numbers has caused some service issues, and don’t get us started about rideshare wait times, but overall, Las Vegas is ready to Las Vegas again.
We even sort of welcome the off-key screeching of karaoke singers. We’re confident the feeling will pass.