Friday, April 24, 2020 / by Ken Couture
Treasure Island is planning to open its doors to guests May 15, even though Gov. Steve Sisolak said Wednesday that the statewide casino shutdown, currently set to end April 30, probably will be extended an undetermined amount of time.
The property’s website says the hotel-casino is closed by order of the governor’s office but “will reopen on May 15.”
“As of right now, that is the plan,” Treasure Island spokeswoman Jennifer Renzelman said. “No matter what, we are adhering to the governor’s official recommendations. We are working with vendors to procure appropriate safety and sanitation measures, which is why we moved our tentative date last week from May 1 to May 15.”
The website also says that the closure is currently scheduled to last through May 14 and is “subject to change.” Sisolak has not publicly stated when the casino shutdown will be lifted.
Several other Las Vegas Strip hotel operators are accepting reservations in May, but they are not announcing reopening dates.
Sisolak told the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Wednesday that the state won’t know when to start counting down the 14-day time frame of declining COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations that his health advisers say must occur before any restrictions are lifted.
“We have not started a downward trajectory. So I can’t give you that day,” Sisolak said. “But I can tell you for certain some of the directives will have to be extended. We’re clearly not going to be opening up any gaming establishments, and some of the other businesses, we’re gonna have to continue with the social distancing and the avoidance of large group gatherings and whatnot regardless.”
Treasure Island’s website said that the resort will “work with all guests who wish to change or cancel their reservations, and provide full refunds to those with arrival dates during the closure,” and that it will be “monitoring the ongoing situation and follow the advice of federal, state and local government and health agencies.”
As of Thursday morning, MGM Resorts International’s website was accepting reservations beginning May 1 for its Las Vegas properties.
Company spokesman Brian Ahern did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Caesars Entertainment Corp., Boyd Gaming Corp. and Station Casinos were accepting reservations for their Las Vegas hotels beginning May 15.
Caesars spokesman Rich Broome said that does not signal the company will reopen then.
“When we are allowed to reopen, we want to have reservations on the books,” Broome said. “We will reopen when allowed to do so by Governor Sisolak. We will continue to adjust our reservations accordingly.”
Boyd company spokesman David Strow told the Review-Journal that the date is “tentative and subject to change, depending on what future guidance we receive from the state.”
Station Casinos spokesman Michael Britt did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Las Vegas Sands Corp.’s Strip properties, The Venetian and Palazzo, are not accepting any reservations.
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