Yes, dice will roll, cards will be dealt and slot machines will beckon. But poker rooms? Closed. Tourists returning to Las Vegas will see changes since gambling stopped in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic. (May 22)

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LAS VEGAS – Wynn Resorts’ luxury properties on the Strip will reopen June 4.

In the wake of the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic shutdown, the long-awaited reopening will come during phase two of Nevada’s “Roadmap to Recovery” plan, reported the Reno Gazette Journal, which is part of the USA TODAY Network. 

“We are ready to provide our guests with a full Las Vegas experience with a collection of luxury amenities and unmatched service,” Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox said in a statement Wednesday.

June 4 is the first day Nevada casinos can reopen after being closed for almost three months.

The full list: When will Nevada’s hotel-casinos reopen?

Here’s what will reopen

Wynn properties were closed while the Las Vegas Strip was empty in April. (Photo: Ed Komenda / Reno Gazette Journal)

Both Wynn and Encore hotel towers will open at the same time.

Alongside fine-dining restaurants, lounges and eateries, two 24-hour casinos will welcome guests to table games, slot machines and sports book seating.

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Pools, private cabanas, verandas and patios will reopen, as well as retail esplanades, beauty salons, fitness centers, a barber shop and spa. 

Wynn’s 18-hole golf course will book tee times. 


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What’s changed during COVID-19?

The pandemic forced health officials to encourage resorts to launch health and safety protocols that will fundamentally change the Las Vegas vacation experience.

Here’s what guests can expect when the properties reopen: 

  • “Noninvasive” thermal temperature checks and face coverings at all entrances.
  • Automatic hand sanitizer stations, UV technology and electrostatic sprayers used throughout the resort. 
  • Sealed guest rooms after “meticulous sanitization.”  
  • Kits including sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer and face coverings in each room.
  • A team of cleaning professionals sanitizing public guest areas 24 hours a day.

Wynn employees must be tested for COVID-19 before returning to work and wear face coverings at all times. 


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Post-pandemic casinos

The casino experience in Las Vegas and greater Nevada will look much different. 

The Nevada Gaming Commission approved the Gaming Control Board’s reopening policies, laying out what more than 400 large and small casinos need to do when shutdown orders are lifted.

Occupancy limits in gaming areas will be cut in half. Tourists will see chairs and stools in front of every other gaming machine. Gathering in groups – one time a staple of the Las Vegas experience – will be prohibited.  

Dealers will even offer card players a complimentary pump of sanitizer between hands.

Ed Komenda writes about Las Vegas for the Reno Gazette Journal and USA TODAY Network. 

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