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It’s no secret that the state of Nevada is extremely dependent on travel and tourism but what happens when tourism is no longer your reality?
Nevada’s unemployment rate has approached 30 percent, the worst-ever unemployment rate in state history and the highest mark in the country. And no other city has felt the brunt of COVID-19 more than Las Vegas.
OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW
For context, the hospitality industry in Las Vegas has been pummeled and the hotels located on the Las Vegas strip were completely closed for two months.
At the beginning of June, the resorts reopened with a new campaign called “Reimagined.”
The ad focused on what Las Vegas would be like post-pandemic.
“The world has changed, and Vegas is changing with it,” says the narrator in the opening line.
The narrator goes on to say “We’re working to make it more intimate with more space,” however shows a man and woman having a conversation in an upscale bar, separated by a few inches and a glass of wine.
1000+ EMPLOYEES WITH COVID-19
Although, I have seen this commercial on the other side of the country, what you probably haven’t heard are the results of the reopening.
According to the Reno Gazette Journal, The Las Vegas Sands (owners of the Venetian and Palazzo), have revealed that more than 400 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 since the resorts reopened in June. In addition, the Wynn Las Vegas has revealed more than 500 positive COVID-19 cases and three deaths among employees since their resort reopened in June.
According to the Wynn Las Vegas, the hotel has hosted more than 500,000 guests since reopening in early June but only six guests have tested positive.
In a previous post, I mentioned that I was fascinated with Las Vegas and curious to see the results of re-opening during the pandemic.
I also said:
It’s hard for me to imagine an experience different than what I’ve experienced before: rubbing shoulders with hoards of tourists, eating at a buffet with hoards of tourists, visiting a casino with hoards of tourists, etc.
I presume occupancy limits will placed on these locations but how do you properly “social distance” when 3 of the 4 largest hotels in the world (by number of rooms) are located in Las Vegas – The Venetian with 7,092 rooms, MGM Grand with 6,852 rooms, and City Center (comprised of Aria, Crystals, The Harmon, Waldorf Astoria, Vdara, Veer Towers) with 6,790 rooms?
It’s worth noting and important to understand that when completing contact tracing about the cases mentioned above, the information does NOT describe where or when someone contracted COVID-19, but merely what locations they visited during a certain period of time.
In other words, the hotel may not have been where the employees contracted the virus but it is where they spend a lot of time.
What do you think of these findings from Las Vegas?