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This Week in Gambling: Will Las Vegas casinos ever return to normal?

21 Oct 2020

Most of Sin City is open, but at limited capacity. And some Las Vegas casinos still remain closed. While the pandemic still rages, some are wondering if and when Vegas will return to normal, or if this is just the new normal.

Other stories include new Las Vegas casinos and a major resort that is reinstating parking fees for some guests.

Yes, many Las Vegas casinos open. But no, a return to a world before Coronavirus is not close. Recently, the owner of the South Point Casino went as far as to say that a full recovery may not come until sometime in 2022.

Michael Gaughan was speaking at a ribbon-cutting event for a new 40,000-square-foot equestrian arena at his resort and said “I’ve been here since 1952 and this is probably the worst thing that’s ever happened…” Casinos were ordered shuttered in mid-March to help curb the spread of the virus, and the state didn’t allow them to start reopening until June 4.

He continued: “I do think that by the start of 2022, Las Vegas casinos should be back to completely normal. I just hope Las Vegas can get back to where it was. Everybody is trying to survive and keep as many working as they can.” A handful of resorts remain closed, and the Encore announced this week that it was ceasing midweek operations because of weak customer demand.

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