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Photos: Las Vegas Strip Nearly Empty Amid Coronavirus Shutdown


LAS VEGAS, NV-The Las Vegas strip is virtually empty as casinos shut down and tourists stay home to self-quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic.

This weekend, MGM Resorts announced its decision to temporarily suspend operations at its Las Vegas properties until further notice, effective as of Tuesday, March 17th.

“Casino operations will close on Monday, March 16th, followed by hotel operations,” the company said.

“As the coronavirus pandemic has intensified in the United States over the past week, the people of MGM Resorts have worked to try to find a way to continue delivering high quality hospitality and entertainment experiences for our guests while keeping our employees doing the jobs they love in a safe environment,” said CEO Jim Murren, Chairman. “Welcoming people from around the world is what we do, and our employees have tremendous pride in their work.”

MGM Resorts will not be taking reservations for arrivals prior to May 1, but please watch for the latest information.

Wynn Resorts has decided to temporarily close Wynn Las Vegas and Encore as part of its continuing effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  The Company has committed to pay all full-time Wynn and Encore employees during the closure.  The closure will be effective Tuesday, March 17 at 6 pm and is expected to be in effect for two weeks, after which time the Company will evaluate the situation.

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