One of the most common questions that we keep getting asked over the last six months; just how fun is Vegas at the moment and are things still open?
Sadly, it’s a mixed bag, rather than being a straightforward yes or no.
Many of the restaurants, bars, shops and experiences are still open, though are operating at a 25% capacity and most require a booking to wine and dine with them.
Thankfully the larger capacity venues are still closed even though there are calls for them to be reopened, which is somewhat troublesome when given no more than two seconds of thought. Why would anyone in their right mind want and be willing to go to a nightclub, theatre, or concert and be surrounded by thousands of other people in an enclosed space?!
Vegas is unique because many people come to experience something entirely out of the ordinary, which you cannot get from any other town or city that many live in.
Within that expectation, people still hope that Vegas can pull the rabbit out of the bag with COVID-19 and still have most attractions open and fully functional. And to date, it has not.
Many of the casinos on the Strip and Downtown are very quiet, with many gambling locations currently laying empty. The tables that are open have very few people occupying or playing at them. It’s almost a throwback to the recession in 2008.
Walking the Strip and taking in the atmosphere, you can definitely feel the lack of energy in and around the area. There isn’t the usual hustle and bustle of people laughing and drinking taking in the sights.
Going to a bar or restaurant can be a very different experience to the last. Many of the bars and restaurants are operating different protocols with their COVID standards. Some allow you to sit at a table or bar with your facemask off for your whole stay, whereas others are more militant about it all; they require you to be wearing it at all times, other than when you are putting something in your mouth!
How there is a mixed bag of standards in these places is somewhat baffling, surely its either one or the other Steve Sisolak (Governor of Nevada)?!