Nevada Conventions Open to 50% Capacity This Week
Conventions and other meeting spaces, along with entertainment, is now open to 50% capacity in Nevada.
The recovery process is hopefully about to extend further in Nevada, especially the Las Vegas area. Today, gaming properties and other venues can start using 50% of a room’s capacity. This means that trade shows, conventions and other entertainment options can increase. Operators will be able to book large gatherings once more, which means more travelers will have the opportunity to visit, spending money on hotel stays, dining, drinks, casino games, and more.
The official rules say that a venue can offer 50% capacity or 250 guests, whichever number is smaller. While this doesn’t mean massive events can take place, it does allow businesses in the region to offer more than before, bringing back essential services to cities like Las Vegas that have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Covering All the Bases
Plans are underway to ensure that operators can offer larger events once more. The Nevada Gaming Control Board is now requiring a safety plan for events that will have more than 250 attending. The Department of Business and Industry must receive these plans and social distancing must take place at all times.
Guests as well as employees are required to always wear a face mask. Hand washing must also be prevalent. Once May arrives, local communities will be in charge of approving safety plans for events. Of course, any gaming operations will continue to be overseen by the Gaming Commission and the Gaming Control Board.
The 50% capacity level change comes at a time when the city of Las Vegas was operating at 20%. Before that, even lower limits were in place. This new setting will allow many services to get back to work, including entertainment shows, conventions, etc. These options play a pivotal role in how the local economy works. Conventions are a staple in Sin City as they bring people in that spend money in a variety of ways, boosting the economy.
Many shows have been cancelled for months due to the capacity levels amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. With the change, casinos will be able to offer shows once more, which will be a big draw for travelers.
Big Step for Recovery
The Nevada Resort Association and other officials have pointed out that the capacity change is a big step in the recovery process for Las Vegas. According to CEO and President of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Steve Hill, the city is ready to welcome back travelers and there is a pent-up demand for conventions and meetings to get started once again.
Events are already being planned as we speak. The World of Concrete Trade Show will take place in June, and more events are sure to be scheduled in the coming days. There are plenty of larger spaces that can accommodate the crowd size that is now an option due to the regulation changes.
Las Vegas gaming operators have worked hard to ensure that facilities are operating safely and will continue to do so with the larger capacity percentage. The goal is to make everyone feel comfortable and safe as they begin to host conventions and trade shows once more.
Operators are also hoping to get back to full-time services. Late last week, Caesars Entertainment announced that two of its properties on the Strip will begin offering services seven days a week. The LINQ Hotel + Experience along with Planet Hollywood are now back to regular operations.
As the restrictions continue to be lifted, more services and operations should get back to normal in Las Vegas. Hopefully, this recent change is a sign of more positive things to come in Nevada.