Wynn Resorts Takes the Lead on Reopening Plans

Wynn Resorts has been hitting all the right notes in its response to the COVID-19 crisis.

The company proactively closed up shop even before Governor Sisolak’s directive for casinos to do so, and the company is ponying up $3 million a day (or $180 million over two months) to pay its full-time and part-time employees through May 15, including what they would’ve made in tips.

Now, Wynn Resorts is taking the lead on how it will reopen. The company’s plan, shared in a 23-page document, is likely to become a de facto template for other Las Vegas casinos and businesses, especially because no plan has been forthcoming from Nevada leadership. Awkward.

Wynn Encore

One of the benefits of doing business in China is Wynn Resorts had a head start in dealing with the bug.

The “Wynn Las Vegas Health and Sanitation Guidelines” are too extensive to cover here, but check out the full document at The Nevada Independent, the first site to share Wynn’s plan.

Yes, it’s a long read, as if you have anything better to do right now. Here are some highlights, because we know you’re damn well only going to skim the thing.

Wynn plan to reopen

Masks are the new coughing into our elbows.

The new “Employee and Guest Health” program confirms some of our predictions about how Las Vegas casino will change after the shutdown.

The plan features thermal cameras, physical distancing, copious hand sanitizer, ample signage about safety procedures (for guests and employees) and case notification policies.

The health guidelines go into great detail about the guest experience moving forward.

Guests will be screened by security and asked to use hand sanitizer and a mask (provided by the resort).

Note: Valet services are being discontinued until further notice.

The report even mentions elevator buttons will be cleaned hourly, and no more than four people will be allowed in elevators at a time.

Cleaning protocols are getting a major overhaul, of course.

The most noticeable changes for guests will be physical distancing within the casino(s).

Anywhere lines form, distancing rules will be marked. Front desk agents will use every other work station. Restaurants and bars will reduce seating capacity to allow for six feet between each seated group or party of guests.

In the slots area, machines will be turned off or reconfigured to allow for more separation between guests. No congregating.

Slot attendants will offer to sanitize slots for guests sitting down at a machine, and all machines will be sanitized once every four hours.

Same goes for table games, including removing chairs, and every other table will be open. This is similar to what happened in may casinos prior to the shutdown.

Wynn Resorts has really done its homework and dug into safety protocols for all its table games.

Wynn Resorts reopening plan

Feel free to sanitize the dice as long as you don’t rub off all the mojo.

Among the craps procedures, dealers will sanitize the dice for each new shooter.

For roulette, the wheel head, ball and dolly will be sanitized when a new dealer enters the game.

Roulette dolly

That’s a dolly, also known as a marker. Now, you know.

How detailed is Wynn’s plan? “Dealers to verbally give breaks instead of ‘tapping in’ and maintain appropriate separation.”

A key element of the safety plan (at least to us): “Cocktail Servers will remain available and serve beverage(s) upon request.”

Social distancing will also be enforced in convention spaces, retail spaces and pools. At pools, seating will be set up to allow for six feet of separation between groups of guests.

Translation: We won’t be seeing dayclubs happening for awhile. Ditto nightclubs. The guidelines state, “Pending guidance from local authorities and medical experts.”

Surprisingly, it appears “Le Reve” will open with new procedures in place.

Le Reve reopen

Fun fact: Showroom snack bars are one of the best places in Las Vegas to be socially distanced from your money.

This could mean good news for other Las Vegas shows which have taken a massive hit by the shutdown, as many predicted it could be months before theaters would open.

It’s well worth a few minutes to look at Wynn Resorts’ plan in its entirety, as this is likely to be how other Las Vegas casinos move forward.

While there are challenges ahead, it’s great to see a light at the end of the tunnel, especially if the part about reopening parts of the local Nevada economy in early May holds. Given Wynn Resorts’ recent track record, we’re playing there first.

Update (4/22/20): While the Wynn Resorts plan didn’t initially specify a date for reopening, it appears to be May 22, 2020. The following was shared via the company’s Wynn Slots Game Facebook page.

Wynn Slots Game

If this date could hold, that’d be great.

136 thoughts on “Wynn Resorts Takes the Lead on Reopening Plans

  1. Pandemerol

    Glad to hear it.

    Let the pandemic experts chime in and make wild claims and accusations, as if they’re smarter than everybody else on the internet.

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    1. David White

      And you have something to offer the World? You know more than the ‘experts?’ So give us your opinion so we can all take a break from the ‘experts’!

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      1. Jim Sixpack

        Perhaps some of us are not out there trying to be experts, as if we don’t think our opinion on right and wrong is superior to all others.

        But if reading the opinion of anyone, (a blogger, a casino card dealer, a Trump apologist or anyone else, ) is valuable to you, more power to you. I refuse to let Joe Sixpack’s expert analysis be my guide.

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        1. Donnis

          Yeah, are you a virologist, an epidemiologist, an expert with pandemics? Thought so, just sit back and let the experts do their chiming. They are smarter when it comes down to viruses and such.

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      2. Rico de luna

        If The beautiful island of Hawaii went bankrupt on 1990s..Las Vegas will bankrupt too thats why we people from the island switch to live somewhere. Some went to california and most of us in las vegas so meaning nothing last forever!!!😄

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    2. Abigbuck

      Seriously, it sounds pretty on paper but too extreme to implament. Practicly it’s not going to work because humans are not robot clones.as you note in the news by protester demanding Governors to stop the silly restriction of not being allowed to by paint. Some of it is good of course but punishing everyone like this is not fair and normal. Common sense tells us to relax and stop with this fear mongering. It’s silly headed.

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      1. Donnis

        Your pretty stupid if you think this is being done to punish you! If you want to buy paint, go to Lowe’s or Home Depot, their open, just use common Sense on social distancing unless you want the virus. Keep yourself informed with REAL need, Gravitas!

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    3. john d.

      It’s gonna be an uphill battle, trial it and hope the spread stays down then only then will we be presumed safe. On another note, the “Rich” celebrities all join in on air time exposure and sing, which is cool, and “We” the commoners, send our money in to support the folks who literally put their lives on the line and many have died,, good cause rightness? But..why do celebs get most all the recognition and with All the money they made from us..why aren’t all of them putting up at least some of there extra cash, pooling it to donate some additional money into the hands of all these first responders..wow wouldn’t that be something, think about how much they have..and that’s cool..opposed to how much we have..in retrospect they would be donating ” small change”…that would certainly Wow me, God bless All and Stay Well. This is just a thought and an opinion…what do you think about it??? Not to be written as anything negative about our Celebs, we love them, just meant to get this party started!!!🥰😍😘🤔🤑🤑🤑🤗

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    4. Michelle

      Why would I want to come to Vegas under such conditions? This plan is ridiculous if you expect guests to enjoy the Vegas experience. How are you to drink/smoke with a mask on? I had reservations at the Wynn for next week but of course they were cancelled. I won’t be rescheduling until a time this nonsense is discontinued.

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      1. Jeffrey Ellsworth

        I got a trip in October so by then it should be relaxed because I’m not wearing a mask in Las Vegas are they crazy?? Why would i spend two or three thousand dollars to wear a fukin mask ??

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        1. Marie

          And Jeffrey’s thought process is exactly why I won’t be visiting Wynn until this is over. Sorry if this virus cramps your style, Jeff. Good luck seeking rule exemption at a “5-star” resort.

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      2. Nancy

        I think expecting things to be the same “Las Vegas” experience is your first misconception. its going to a long time, if ever, things will return to “THAT” normal. Normal is going to be redefined. for quite while…😞

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      3. Step p

        I understand where u r coming from but this different. If people don’t understand that the world isnt going to be back to normal right away due to a virus that has killed many as well people that have recovered. I would rather people be safe and gave to go through what others have. So that is great that rhe Wynn properties have safety in mind becauae if we dont it can cauae more problems. If people dont want to go to places because of the rules then that is on them.l

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    5. Bayne

      Craps dealers stick (end that works with dice) should also be sanitized each new shooter along with dice. The chips are always going to be nastiest item in casino though

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    6. David White

      I don’t Think he should go to that extreme, however I do hope he never comes to Vegas again, we don’t need his negativity’. And all of those that think the way he chooses, they can stay out of vegas too.
      It’s going to be a rough road from here on out, we need positivity from all ppl and all cities in the USA!

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  2. Patrick Henry

    I’m not going to wear a mask in a casino. I’ll stay home rather than kowtow to a governor’s diktat. I’m an adult, not a child.

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    1. Jenn In Las Vegas

      You took the words out of my mouth, Patrick Henry.

      Dear Casinos:

      If I have to wear a mask, don’t expect to see me. Period.

      Sincerely, (the real) Jenn

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      1. Scaredy Cat

        Jenn, the masks are a starting place to expedite the transition from lockdown to “Liberate Nevada.” Did you think a magic switch would flip everything back to “business as usual” overnight? No, you didn’t. Wynn’s strategy involves phases, and phase one isn’t about getting back to profitability. It is about justifying that the casino can be open to the public without spreading the infection. The fewer numbers of people in the casino, the easier it will be to justify that, and then move on to phase two. In other words, they don’t want you there at this stage. Please stay away.

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        1. Matt

          Are u serious? “and phase one isn’t about getting back to profitability.” Bahahahaha literally their only goal is to make $$$$$$

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          1. Scaredy Cat

            Phase 1: open doors and establish the safety protocol plan
            Phase 2: ramp up operations and pray for rising business levels (the do or die phase)
            Phase 3: maximize gains and revenues while minimizing expenses and losses (the profitability phase)

          2. Tony uk

            What’s wrong with making a profit and employing thousands and paying millions in taxes. Did you think casinos were charities las Vegas would be a ghost town in the desert without casino’s. Grow up

        2. Gabe Itches

          Please stay away? Absolutely – if this is the kind of BS the casinos are going to implement. Other than providing some hand sanitizer stations around the casino floor, everything else on that list is what you might do to keep people from EVER returning to Vegas.

          Sitting 6 feet away at the bar from the person (or hottie) sitting “next” to you? Drinking with a mask on? Smoking a cigar with a mask on? Partying/Dancing/Hanging in the pool six feet from the others with masks on? Yeah lotsa luck with that Vegas.

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    2. TL

      The masks are to protect others from you. You would be doing a good deed for others. Not kowtowing to the Governor.

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      1. Jenn In Las Vegas

        Don’t believe myth #263 that the masks only offer one-way protection. Wearers also gain protection from wearing the masks (protecting them from selfish people like me). Why do you think so many of the Asians have worn masks in the Las Vegas casinos long before anyone ever heard of the pandemic? Whether Gov. Sisolak orders it or not, I’m not wearing a mask in a casino. If that means I don’t get to go, so be it. I’ll try to support the local economy in other ways best I can.

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        1. David White

          I don’t understand why anyone would object to wearing a mask. It’s to protect you as well as anyone you come in contact with. It is a step towards getting all of us back on our feet again.
          All this stuff about , “I’m not letting the Gov tell me what to Do” to “ I’m not a kid I’m an adult” really confuses me. Don’t we all want to survive this pandemic?

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          1. Lindsey

            I’m not sure how this will work🤷 I like that they said cocktail servers will be around to serve drinks, how are the waitresses going to be able to get someone’s order with everyone masked and still follow social distance guidelines?? Not to mention, how is the guest supposed to drink the beverage without lifting their masks and if they smoke then what? What if the guest wanted to tip the cocktail server? Is an exchange of money acceptable? Money is filthy!! I’m all for staying healthy and safe but these guidelines are unrealistic. Las Vegas is known for its excitement and carefree party time, no one wants to come here and feel like they are working in the infectious disease area of a hospital. There has gotta be a better way!

          2. Jeffrey Ellsworth

            A mask does not fit into my fun …. most people that are going to die were old anyway they already lived their life …. let me live mine…..

        2. Edward Molina

          Why would you want to go to the casino and put your money in the machines or on the table if people are in line waiting for money stimulus checks unemployment checks it ain’t going to make any difference stay home until they find a cure for covid-19 when there’s a vaccine then we go back but until then

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          1. Jeffrey Ellsworth

            I’ve been to Las Vegas many times… I had to cancel my May trip. Now they have one in October and one in November… how am I going to wear a mask if I like to smoke and drink? there is no way on Earth that I am wearing a mask in Las Vegas

      2. Gabe Itches

        TL, I hate to break it to you, but you’re not going to be doing the deed at all in Vegas wearing a mask.

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    3. Charles Murray

      I was wondering about the buffets. How are your costomers going to dine? I think wearing a mask to start with is a great idea.

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      1. Jeffrey Ellsworth

        There is not going to be buffets for a while and then I think when they do open they will not be the same… they will have people assisting you

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    4. john d.

      It’s not about being a child…it’s about stopping or at least trying to stop the spread…it is killing a certain amount of people, I’m sure you, we, don’t want to spread this virus to a vulnerable child or old person or any age person with impaired immune systems who have Lupus,Fibromyalja, etc which would more then likely kill them…please just think differently we aren’t children we are smart adults…we knocked the infestation down by being socially distant and thoughtful of ourselves and others…God bless you and your family👪 and stay well, let’s do this ❤together.

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      1. Jeffrey Ellsworth

        I don’t care about no damn kid with phlebitis or lupus
        … damn kids oughta be home anyway they should not be in Las Vegas

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        1. FTA

          The people that work in these casinos have families that they go home to. So it may not be as simple as a child visiting Las Vegas that causes them to get the virus, it could be brought home by their mother, father, brother, sister….you get the point.

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        2. Heather

          You do realize that people live here, right? People with kids.
          Las Vegas is a city that has gaming. It isn’t just a bunch of casinos sitting in the desert, waiting for visitors.

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        3. Paula

          Aren’t you a kind person? You apparently care for no one but yourself. People have died from all age brackets, races, with prior medical problems and without prior medical problems.

          You sound like a spoiled child. Do all of Vegas a favor and stay away. We here would prefer it.

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    5. Cowboy

      Well I hope someone that thinks like you to not wear a mask sneezes on you or coughs on you. Then see what you think about not wearing a mask.

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  3. Concerned Local

    This doc is very comprehensive (I read all 23 pages). I agree that while it’s a Wynn document it could be titled “Manual for reopening a Vegas casino mid-2020 during the outbreak” as all of the casinos will do most of these procedures and in this manner.
    No true surprise as all of this must be done. Sometimes in life though, doing the right thing causes other effects, intended or not. The change in casino ambience and the focus on restricting infections will keep most people home. None of this sounds fun and I think only gambling addicts and those with other agendas will go into a casino with those conditions. The casual visitor won’t visit.
    They may not have visited anyway for many reasons (recession economy, travel restrictions etc) but a clean casino won’t be the factor in coming/not coming. Cleanliness would be assumed. However, if a casino doesn’t do a good job with these rules and there is a breakout, the media will have a field day. So its a “no-Wynn” situation.

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    1. Annette B

      This is a very sad time for everyone,We love going to Vegas~ we visit twice a year, April and October.Our hearts are broken during this time of crisis.. We love and will come back once we feel its safe, we appreciate that Vegas is trying to figure out how to make it safe for all us, workers and gamers , it will happen! We are blessed and we are a nation under God ! We will be back!!! All my friends who enjoy Vegas are ready when you are , it needs to be the right time. God bless America. There will be a vaccine soon. We are all Adults we can do this wash our hands and stay home if we are sick.. Lets all be patient while people who working on trying to make there city safe for everone.

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  4. FYMYAWF

    The main points seem totally reasonable. The goal is clearly to open with some kind of basic protections in place, and progressively relax those as the virus abates. Wearing a mask in common areas for a couple months is a no-brainer trade off for me if it means getting to come back to Vegas.

    I’m also thinking like you are Scott that Wynn seems to be doing the hard reopening planning for the governor’s office. Wonder if that was an arrangement made or just Wynn execs saying ‘enough with this, if we’re getting radio silence from the state we’ll make our own plan”. interesting little dig at Mayor Goodman too with the “…no basis in science or data and should be ignored” bit.

    Light at the end of the tunnel…

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    1. Scott Roeben Post author

      Agree. I suspect the state is working on something, as are other casinos. If they’re all talking to the same people, they’re likely to be similar. It’s odd Wynn Resorts has taken such a leadership position on this, but I think it’s great PR and helps them further distance themselves from the Steve Wynn debacle.

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      1. Laurie

        I think that one of the biggest challenges in Vegas will be the AC system. It seems like AC is a big virus spreader. Have they mentioned it in their memento?

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    1. Jeffrey Ellsworth

      How are you supposed to smoke and drink with a mask on….. I am not going to spend two or three thousand dollars to go to Las Vegas if I had to wear a mask … anyone that has been to Las Vegas knows there are a lot of drunk people around and they are not going to tolerate wearing a mask

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      1. Cowboy

        Maybe it’s time to quit some nasty habits. Nobody wants anyone else’s smoke in their lungs anyway. Sure wish this helps to transition casinos into non-smoking 🚭 casinos.

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  5. Genting

    We need Steve Wynn to persuade the world to come back. He has the pull. Maybe Sands’ Adelson can bring republican millionaires to kick off.

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    1. VegasScott

      Steve Wynn is no longer associated with that company he was removed as CEO, had to leave the property and divest himself of all stock in the company for sexual harassment. Where the hell have you been it was huge news?

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    2. David

      Steve Wynn is no longer in charge of his casinos. I believe he is on is yacht in the med! That ring said,if I am required to wear a mask sobs it; safety 1st. The people that say they won’t wear a ask; see you in the spring of 2021

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      1. Rick De La Garza

        Mr. Wynn may not be there anymore.

        I’m pretty sure his successful policies
        are still standard procedure.

        They always have looked after their employees and their customers.
        I’m sure the policy will be safety comes first
        and will go to great expense and proper training to make it safe while still making the start up festive but Safe!

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  6. Mark A Erichson

    I’m impressed with the thoughtfulness and thoroughness of Wynn’s plan, except…

    As a BlackJack player and someone who habitually touches his itchy, watery eyes, it seems to me that they have ignored one of most potentially “vectors” for virus transmission: the table chips. While the virus does not appear to live very long on non-porous surfaces, it could surely live through the life a few shoes.

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    1. Scott Roeben Post author

      Great point. I think individual responsibility will come into play here (and lots of sanitizer). Also, few or no people with the virus will make it that far given other measures like thermal monitoring.

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      1. Jeffrey Ellsworth

        I am going to Fremont Street in October so I think by then they will not make you wear a mask…. I don’t think they can make you wear a mask anyway …. if they make you wear a mask they will never get any customers….

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        1. Scott Roeben Post author

          I’d agree the mask rules will be done by then. You may underestimate the craving for fun. I would hate wearing a mask, but I’ll be at Wynn the day it opens, and all the Fremont casinos, masked up proper.

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      2. Mr. Methane

        I recommend public farting as an additional precautionary measure for those
        who have safety concerns. I’ve noticed people don’t like to be in an elevator or
        stand close to me in a public place when I fart. All NV businesses are free to incorporate
        my idea of public farting into their reopening plan. Hope to see everyone soon, I’ll be the guy farting in line at check in and VP Bar Tops.

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  7. Mr. Mendonca

    Las Vegas should open soon the local business only (LV city), and the casinos should reopen in June.
    Because when the casinos, shows, events, etc reopen, it will bring many tourist from all over the place, bring that virus to our Last Vegas community. Things may get worse.
    But of course the casinos is thinking about money.

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  8. Leighna Fodil

    Ridiculous…
    What about the smokers who will send their virus in the air?
    What about the guest room attendants who have to do the beds, clean the toilet bowls, the bathrooms sometimes with biohazards. The virus can go on the clothes, on the skin, on the sheets.
    Do we need to wear PPE like nurses or doctors just to please the guests.
    If I catch the virus at work I will sue the hotel. We are not to take risk for our health for the pleasure of selfish people. Life is more important than money but casinos and hotels don’t care about us. They just want to make profit and profit. They never have enough money. They always want more and more.

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    1. Rebecca

      It may be time to find a job that fits into your requirements for health and safety if this one doesntvwork for you anymore.

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    2. Bruce

      Not to worry. The American Bar Association has been working in overdrive since the first mention of this so they can squeeze every penny they can. The problem for you is that you’ll be just one of millions looking for your 30% portion of whatever settlement they can grab.

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  9. GABRIEL LUCHETTA

    The poker rules, if enacted, would change the game entirely. It will also kill or greatly change all of the major poker tournaments. 6-max is a nice game, but it is also a different game.

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  10. Carson Smith

    Wynn Resorts is doing a fine job in getting out word regarding it’s future plans in dealing with a post-pandemic Las Vegas. Rest assured, Sands management is working day and night and is stride for stride, leading the way, along with Wynn to provide a clean, safe resort experience, back in Vegas, as soon as is feasible ‼️
    Carson Smith.

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    1. David white

      Carson, I share your opinion on what the mng team at V & P are doing. We are all in this together, so we need to support the ppl that make the decisions!

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  11. Shiera s

    Good! If you don’t like it or are scared or at risk stay home, get another job or stay out of them. It’s not your company move on. Its like signing up for military then being pissy you have to go where they send you. You signed up for a job that involves all kinds of people and i guarantee you been exposed tp people with alot worse from outside the country (just a fact about immunizations tb, ebola etc almost gone here but taking hold else where) . So consider your risk and pick your job let them worry about who/ how will be staffed.

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  12. Carolyn

    People….locals….what locals go to the Wynn regularly….we are going to have flocks coming in when these casinos open up from everywhere. Are they gonna test everyone at entry? I don’t understand how people think. This is a good plan, but can we please wait a little longer….come on.

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    1. Jeffrey Ellsworth

      Have you taken a look around the world ? ….. In really poor countries they just put the dead bodies out on the curb for trash day …. the dead bodies are piling up…..

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  13. EnuffBull

    Let us know when your area opens up, Scott. You know: the Downtown and Fremont Street area of dining and cocktails. THAT will be when I return… for some good drinking and dining and gambling shenanigans.

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  14. John

    I come to Vegas to spend money and have fun go to shows drink dance socialize go to the pool no to be separated wear mask that doesn’t sound fun will save money and stay home till it goes back to normal and I love Vegas 3 times a year last 30 years

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  15. Scaredy Cat

    March Madness and the NBA throwing in the towel were the markers that put us ALL on notice that the consequences of COVID-19 would be extreme and painful for everyone, regardless of personal opinions and conspiracy theory gullibilities. How sweet would it be if the defining marker for this nightmare coming to a close was the NFL taking the field for their opening game in September? I’d be in Las Vegas for that, wearing a mask, a helmet, shoulder pads, a nut cup, and any other PPE that was required.

    I’m down for it, as long as smart people approve of the NFL starting its season because, as we all know by now, no one in the NFL is all that smart.

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  16. Lisa Kennedy

    What are you going to do about the people that smoke cigarettes, cigar, pipes, anything? That contaminates the air just as coughing etc.

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    1. Jeffrey Ellsworth

      Down on Fremont Street they got massive crowds…. can you imagine that all those drunk people are going to wear a mask..😂😂😂😂😂 no way ! ! The casinos will be required to offer a mask…
      Everything will be alright if they just keep on the damn foreigners out of sin city

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      1. Fabian

        At the moment the US is the country with the most infections and the highest death toll. Every foreigner, at least from first world countries, has a lower probability of carrying the virus. Vegas is an expensive place, so you won’t have many third world visitors. You should take all measures to keep the virus from spreading seriously like those visiting countries which got the reproduction rate below 1.0 rather than hating on visitors who spend a lot of money in Vegas.

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        1. Scaredy Cat

          You speak the truth, PhukYoo. The airlines would also much appreciate the return of their travels to Las Vegas, which would be a massive boost for their upcoming and desperate attempts at recovery.

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        2. Jim

          Unless you are 100% American Indian, then U r a dumbass if you think your past relatives weren’t once foreigners.

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  17. Ben

    This is all good and wonderful, but the dominos have just started to fall, make no mistake! They are getting bigger! (Meaning, we haven’t reached the biggest, most harmful effects from all of this). How full do the casinos have to be? Even to start with a quarter of its staff, what is their bottom break even number??? And, with other state and country restrictions still in place, the housing market is yet to crash (it will) who’s running back to Vegas????

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  18. Expert Thumb Twiddler

    Well at least there’s a plan for degenerate gamblers.
    Since I do not have any issues in that area I’ll be over here waiting for a vaccine.

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    1. Scott Roeben Post author

      You’re mistaken if you think this is just about casinos. We need to institute common sense precautions, and this has a lot of good ones spelled out.

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  19. Scaredy Cat

    ENTRY SCREENING & CASE REPORTING PROTOCOLS, pages 21-23, addresses guests who display elevated temperatures or other symptoms. If that were you and you were checked-in to the hotel, you’d better hope you are traveling in your own vehicle, or your world just became very complicated. YIKES.

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      1. Scaredy Cat

        To me, that’s like saying all the people who get sick on a cruise ship were ill before they left home, so they should’ve stayed home.

        Did you read page 23?

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  20. mthman288

    Wearing a mask…no big deal. I’m sure all you genuis’ posting here can figure out how to move your mask up to take a drink. I believe this would be a good time to make all casinos smoke free. The vast majority would celebrate this.

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  21. Skeptic Pete

    Good thing Scott is on furlough right now and can keep up with the blog traffic he’s getting these days (comments, specifically) and has time to spend defending himself on Twitter, Reddit and probably Facebook. It’s one hell of a crazy world we’re living in these days.

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  22. Boulder Steve

    Most sound reasonable except for the required mask. Masks are hot and unless they came up with some new invention tough to eat and drink with a mask. Hopefully this is just a company policy and will not be mandated by law

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  23. Gary

    Is anyone really interested in going to Vegas if it involves all of these restrictions or requirements? I’m not taking anyone’s side, but to me its not the Vegas I remember or really choose to visit. I’ll just wait until a vaccine comes out.

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    1. Jeffrey Ellsworth

      I just read an article about how they may never find a vaccine … they don’t have a vaccine for all those other coronavirus mers sars swine flu or even the common cold

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  24. David in CA

    While restrictive, the plans make sense. At least it gives the resorts a chance to open.

    Reports have said that smokers have a higher risk of infection, so wearing a mask and prohibiting smoking helps everyone – the smokers, the employees and anyone who would be breathing second-hand smoke.

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  25. Christine

    I am looking forward to Las Vegas reopening. I am happy sanitation measures are being put in place. Las Vegas is one of my favorite places to go second is Laughlin.In the meàn time stay safe, stay in and keep God in your life.

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  26. Mash

    I will go to Casino once opens up, will play slots with disposable one time use and will have a drink too, while I am drinking, I will remove my face mask and enjoy my drink, covering my mouth with mask is for both protecting me from those who cough or breathe around me and for protecting them from me too, it’s just fair to do that. I will probably stay around couple of hours max and go to my room , boil hot water and breathe they nostril and mouth , x10 deep breath each to get hot water go inside my throat and lungs and kill any desperate virus potential , after a bit of ready, will go down again to play more and enjoy myself, the rest is history!! 💕❤️🌹

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    1. Jeffrey Ellsworth

      I am going to the casino and I will lick the buttons on the slot machines… then I will call to hookers and have them up to the room & play doctor with them …

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  27. Jaxon

    Working in a “nonessential” position in a casino isn’t the most prestigious position, but it pays the bills. I hope we’re able to reopen soon, but there has to be a plan or plans to reopen. I give Wynn credit, for putting forth a plan to reopen, however, most of the other casino companies have skeleton crews working in their casinos, meaning, less cleanliness due to huge workloads. Most notable of penny-pinching casino companies is Boyd Gaming. Before Corona, they have been known to have only a few porters/custodians on the floor to clean, so I’d avoid any Boyd property.

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    1. Jeffrey Ellsworth

      I have been going to Vegas for 20 years …. so let these young people have this new crappy Vegas…. see how they like it

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  28. Jeffrey Ellsworth

    I am going to the casino and I will lick the buttons on the slot machines… then I will call to hookers and have them up to the room & play doctor with them …

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  29. MM

    I applaud Wynn for continuing to pay their employees. I wish the casino I worked for had done that.
    These safety measures look great in print but they are completely unrealistic and will be impossible to enforce.

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  30. Heather

    My main concern (one of many, really) is the temperature taking/thermal imaging. It’s great in theory, but it’s Vegas, it’s already very warm, about to get HOT. How can they take temps and be sure it’s accurate? How can thermal imaging know the difference between being out in the sun, and having a fever? Personally, I’m menopausal, I have hot flashes, how would they know that I’m fine, just getting old? And what if my temp comes up as elevated? Would I be kicked out? Would i be given a glass of water and re-tested after cooling down?

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    1. Scaredy Cat

      There is a link in Scott’s article that directs you to the Wynn plan. Click on the link named “The Nevada Independent.” Pages 21 to 23 address your concerns. I entered a comment to the discussion yesterday with concerns that are in line with your concerns, and Scott’s response to my comment was, “Or don’t travel when you’re sick. Pretty straightforward.” HUH?

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  31. Hornbet

    Hey, kudos to the Wynn organization for giving this a try. Yes, like some others have commented, I’m skeptical also, but let give them props and cross our fingers that “it may just be crazy enough to work”.

    I usually stay at the Encore when I’m visiting, and I know that they run a first class operation. If anyone on the Strip can get this done effectively, it’s them. Good luck!

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  32. Roger Smith

    Wear all the masks you like but there are so many holes in this… For one example every God damn entrance to pretty much every building you have to push/pull/TOUCH at least one door. Usually two. Perfect way to spread unless wiped down between each that passes through and as if that’d happen. Or are casinos going to finally, decades late by the way, install automatic sliding doors. Yes I’m aware of the disabled access ones already there. Even before all this crap I wondered what filth I was coming in to contact with at the entrance doors when roaming from one casino to the next. Moronic blind faith in a mask isn’t smart. People touch their faces more than they realise (maybe we should all wear goggles too).

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  33. Lolly

    I I love video poker and haven’t been able to indulge for awhile…. it sucks… being that Vegas is shut down and we are on a stay at home order…. WHY haven’t they moved REAL MONEY video lottery games online??… Like the game pop slots! but with real money being Ensted of coins… That would be dope and make this lock down alot easier
    ..I Know if that was possible ALOT of people would play online long after this is over🤷

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  34. Jenn In Las Vegas

    At a different post on this Blog, A “Tommy Tutone” wrote the following comment on Apr 22:

    “Are those ideas actually effective or is it just “health theater,” the way that the TSA runs “security theater” at the airports? I’m skeptical that things like “sitting at every other slot machine” or “limiting poker tables to 5 people” or “sanitizing the roulette ball every 30 minutes” will actually do anything.

    “If you have a crowded environment with people from all over the country and world congregating in a social manner, touching each other and various equipment, I’m not sure if there are any reasonable steps you can take to prevent contagion, short of closing the whole thing down.

    “It sucks that people are losing jobs and money due to this but I’d rather lose money than lose lives. And losing lives will cause people to lose more money. It’s not a binary choice. Have these plans been approved by health experts? I’d like to see the evidence that they can open the casinos and implement those politics to prevent further spread. I hope they can, but I’m skeptical.”

    In response, I wrote the following comment to Tommy’s comment. (And I write the same to “PhukYoo” above):

    Tommy Tutone, Your term “health theater” is a good one. And I generally agree with your second paragraph.

    You lose me entirely with your last paragraph. First of all, your “losing lives will cause people to lose more money” is a baseless assertion. Feel free to expound on your brilliance and change my mind. Meanwhile, your premise seems to be that the only human toll is the loss of life due to the virus. This is the same simpleminded thinking that gives us inane tropes such as “if it will only save one life” and “if it prevents even one death.”

    The primary purpose of government (in the USA) is to enable and maintain a civil and orderly society so that its constituents can pursue their life, liberty, and happiness. Under that umbrella is protection of your property. Right to property/right to ownership is prerequisite to your natural/God-given rights to pursue your life, your liberty, and your happiness. Your property is everything from the shirt on your back, to your bicycle, to the terms of the contracts you have signed, to the jackpot you win at the casino, to the income you earn from your livelihood.

    In the extreme, without governmental intervention (rule of law), anybody could steal any property from anybody at any time. Anarchy, vigilantism, chaos, and more would ensue if you could not access government protection of your right to your property – be it the wallet in your pocket, your dwelling, or the price for your labor. Those who take this protection for granted suffer from failure of imagination and/or an unrealistic assessment of human nature and the human condition.

    Now, in reaction to the pandemic, governments have barreled in to our lives and livelihoods under the banner of protecting us from infection that could overwhelm treatment resources and exact an intolerable toll of death. The general welfare (wellbeing) is under widespread threat, the argument goes; therefore, we need government to step in to protect the civil and orderly (and humane/decent) society.

    Enter the apathetic and/or naïve citizenry that thinks that government is the same thing as an expert plan. Enter those constituents, one by one, whose mindless faith in government is the laziest form of citizenship. In the United States of America, citizenship is supposed to mean “government of, by, and for the people” – not “whatever they tell me.”

    The result of the expert plans thus far is economic ruin, with more to come if we don’t get our collective heads out of our collective asses. The fallout from economic ruin is catastrophic in and of itself. The human toll from transforming our lives by so-called-expert diktat is incalculable, dramatic, and ongoing. The “human toll” as I write is about 47,000 deaths in the USA from the Wubonic Plague. That number is generously calculated: If you jump from the 9th floor of a parking garage and test positive for COVID-19, they put “died from COVID-19” on your death certificate.

    Our greatest threat is not this goddamned virus unleashed by China. Our greatest threat is lack of the following:
    – Courage
    – Common sense
    – Accurate information/hard facts
    – Personal responsibility

    Right now we have “government theater.” We have expert analyses, expert plans, and fake money. The human toll is right before your eyes and getting worse, and it is the result of the hysterical tyranny of the authorities.

    Livelihoods are property. The World Health Organization (W.H.O.) is a corrupt and political organization, not an honorable steward of the public health. “Further spread” is going to happen, Tommy. Your premises are flawed. Your assumptions are lazy. Your gullibility is embarrassing. Get the f-ing virus, blame the f-ing Chinese government 100%, and get on with your f-ing life. #herd-immunity

    Finally, may God bless our Mayor Carolyn Goodman who has enough good sense to say that what we are doing is “total insanity.”

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    1. Raymond L

      Life takes place over property. No one has the right to spread a deadly disease to others, overwhelm the healthcare system and cause death, misery and financial ruin.

      I trust the federal government way more than crazies like Mayor Goodman. It’s sad that CNN and other media outlets are letting her on the air. There are legitimate arguments that you can make against the stay at home orders but she isn’t making any of them. She’s embarrassing herself, Las Vegas and anyone who wants to open up the economy and get back to normalcy.

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      1. Hornbet

        After the thoughtful plan put forth by Wynn, I’m sure that their execs were like STFU! when they watched Goodman on tv spouting her theories. We need more people with professional, reasoned approaches rather than just someone spitballing.

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        1. Scaredy Cat

          The Wynn Las Vegas Health & Sanitation Program opening, by CEO Matt Maddox, includes the statement, “Some of our elected officials have questioned the closure, calling it “insanity”. That opinion has no basis in science or data and should be ignored.”

          And, of course, the anti-science/anti-mask crowd sends God’s blessings to the mayor for ignoring science and data.

          What a surprise!

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  35. Hornbet

    Leadership flows down from the top, right? Just look at her examples at the federal level, Dumb and Dumber, up there on the podium every day.

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  36. Jason

    Even though the casino open again, I will not risk my life to go to casino. Right now, lots of people are out of the jobs without any government aids. Money will be used in food.

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  37. Some1FromCA

    Well I think I can now say I’m never going to Las Vegas…ever. This city just get more and more ridiculous every week. I’ll take my money and my friends somewhere else instead. Good riddance.

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