It’s hard enough to figure out how to reopen a place as densely populated as New York City, with its massive public transit systems and crowded streets. But how about Las Vegas? Granted, Sin City’s full-time population is less than one-tenth that of the Big Apple at a bit under 650,000. But when it’s up and running, Vegas hosts more than 100,000 tourists per day for a total of nearly 40 million per year, all packed into 135 square miles. Talk about a social distancing nightmare.
The city has fallen silent since the lockdown began, but some leaders in that community are growing impatient. The CEO of Wynn Resorts is calling for the famous Las Vegas strip to be reopened in the next couple of weeks. But is that even something we could consider at this point? (Bloomberg)
Wynn Resorts Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Matt Maddox is calling for parts of the Nevada economy to start reopening in early May, followed by the Las Vegas Strip in the middle or later part of the month.
“I understand that if we incrementally reopen we might have to pull back if a spike in cases occurs that jeopardizes our health care system capacity,” he said in an opinion piece published by the Nevada Independent. “However, the only way to cross this river is one stone at a time, and we need to put our feet in the water before it is too late.”
The opinion piece was accompanied by a 23-page proposal detailing steps it’s taking to keep its casino, hotel rooms and facilities sanitized and safe, down to details such as giving all guests amenity bags that include hand sanitizer and face masks, as well as a “Covid-19 awareness card.”