A look at when and how Nevada casinos plan to reopen

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Many companies have publicly released details about how they'll do things differently once they reopen. Here's what we know about the plans of some of the largest casino companies in Nevada.
Although most retail businesses in the state were allowed to open May 9 to in-person service with extra precautions as part of the state's "Phase 1" reopening, casino resorts were noticeably excluded.

Gov. Steve Sisolak will determine when gaming can resume, but it will be up to the state's Gaming Control Board and Chairwoman Sandra Douglass Morgan to decide how that happens. Regulators are requiring companies submit reopening plans that incorporate some baseline health and safety measures.

While gambling is at a standstill — losing the state general fund an estimated $160 million in gaming taxes this fiscal year and costing the state countless more dollars in economic activity — gaming regulators have taken some preliminary steps toward reopening.

Last week, licensed operators received a notice allowing them to open on-site restaurants within specific guidelines. The Nevada Gaming Control Board scheduled an informational workshop for May 26 to hear from state and health officials about readiness for reopening and possibly take action.

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Casino Companies

MGM

Properties: Mandalay Bay, Delano, Luxor, Excalibur, New York-New York, Park MGM, Aria, Vdara, Mirage, Bellagio, MGM Grand

Reopening date: Unknown. The New York-New York is accepting room reservations with check-in dates as early as June 1.

Details: CEO Bill Hornbuckle said on an earnings call last month that the company won't open all resorts at once, but will start with a few catered to different price points.

He pointed to mid-priced New York-New York and higher end Bellagio as the likely first two.

"Then from there we're talking about what other properties should open, if any, at that point in time," he said, according to USA Today. "We'll go slow. We'll be responsive and responsible."

The company announced on Twitter that free parking will be available at resorts after they open, a shift from a recent move to charge for…
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