Las Vegas Fully Reopens June 1, Social Distancing Mandate Ends May 1

A last minute news conference by Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak featured rainbows, frolicking unicorns and uncharacteristically upbeat news!

The Governor says Las Vegas will reopen fully on June 1, 2021, and social distancing restrictions will be lifted May 1, 2021.

This is welcome news for a tourism-centric town hard hit by the economic fallout of the pandemic.

Vegas reopens June 1

One year later. Las Vegas casinos reopened after the shutdown on June 4, 2020.

Here’s the Governor’s thread on the Twitters. Wait, you’re not on Twitter? What do you with all that spare time and mental wellness?

Anyway, Governor Sisolak said a lot of other words in his new conference on April 13, 2021, but we sort of stopped listening after “fully opening June 1.”

We did hear the part where there’s no end date in sight for the mask mandate. At this point, we’ll take what we can get.

In other good news, May 1 will mark additional lifting of restrictions, including the potential  return of self-service buffets.

Yes, in Las Vegas, that’s a big deal.

There are only two buffets open at the moment, at Cosmo and South Point. Expect that to change.

Nightclubs and dayclubs will be able to open. They’re sort of open now, but more like lounges.

As of May 1, dance floors will return. It seems backing it up will be back, if you get our drift.

Hot tubs and spas will be reopened at gyms, body art and piercing will return and Costco can do food samples again.


Tats need to come back, stat.

As of May 1, restaurants will be able to book bigger groups (from a limit of six to a max of 10).

Most importantly, it looks like lap dances are back!

Here’s more from Clark County, wherein Las Vegas sits.

Overall, things are progressing slowly but surely, and we’re about to see some big changes in the next couple of months.

Vegas won’t really be Vegas again until the mask mandate goes away, but given the past year, any return to normalcy is more than welcome.

Translation: It’s about damned time.

10 thoughts on “Las Vegas Fully Reopens June 1, Social Distancing Mandate Ends May 1

  1. Mark

    Great news!
    Now lower those vp paytables so I won’t feel like I’m being ripped off, Vegas. That’ll get me back.

  2. Tornado Baby

    Does that mean I can light up and let a cigarette burn while I’m sitting at a machine with my O2 tank? With a mask?

    1. Tonilyn L Livingston

      OMG I hope they don’t go back to smoking inside. This 1 rule was a positive thing that came out of Covid

      1. TornadoBaby

        I really wish they would ban smoking or stop advertising about how concerned they are for the health of their customers. It can’t be both. The bigger places are a bit better with ventilation but smaller ones and stand alone taverns are not fit for human habitation.

      1. TC

        True. But i think if all seats at tables and machines are full – casino’s still wouldn’t be at capacity limits (some sorta maximim occupancy of building calculation – math is hard). So technically casinos could be wide open and full, and not hit capacity limits, once social distancing goes away. Maybe I am missing something – wouldn’t doubt it – but sounds like on May 1, Vegas could be 100% open….sorta.

  3. TornadoBaby

    Please either get rid of smoking or stop advertising how clean and healthy your casino is. It can’t be both. Unmasked smokers indoors are just plain obnoxious any oxymoronic.


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