MGM Resorts and Wynn Resorts have announced dramatic closings of their casinos and hotels in Las Vegas by Tuesday to thwart spread of the coronavirus.
MGM Resorts operates the MGM Grand, Bellagio, Mandalay Bay, Aria, Vdara, Park MGM, Luxor, Excalibur, Mirage and New York-NEw York casino hotels. The company says casino operations will close today on Monday, March 16th, followed by hotel operations.
Wynn Resorts says the closure of the Wynn and Encore Las Vegas hotels 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. A limited number of employees and management will remain at the resort to secure and maintain the facility. The company has committed to pay all full-time Wynn and Encore employees during the closure.
The following statement was released by Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts:
“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. Welcoming people from around the world is what we do, and our employees have tremendous pride in their work.
Despite our commitment to dedicating additional resources for cleaning and promoting good health, while making difficult decisions to close certain aspects of our operations, it is now apparent that this is a public health crisis that requires major collective action if we are to slow its progression.
Accordingly, we will close all of our Las Vegas properties as of Tuesday, March 17th, for the good of our employees, guests and communities. This is a time of uncertainty across our country and the globe and we must all do our part to curtail the spread of this virus. We will plan to reopen our resorts as soon as it safe to do so and we will continue to support our employees, guests, and communities in every way that we can during this period of closure.”
MGM Resorts will not be taking reservations for arrivals prior to May 1.