After almost a full year of mask-wearing guests and employees filling up the capacity limits at Las Vegas casinos and hotels, things in Sin City are finally looking more and more like pre-COVID.
Shortly after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people last week, Las Vegas hotels and casinos quickly followed suit.
The casinos and hotels along Las Vegas’ strip came out one after the other late last week, announcing that they were lifting mask requirements for fully vaccinated guests and employees. Most also said that they were lifting social distancing rules on casino floors, and doing away with any capacity requirements in light of that CDC announcement.
MGM Resorts on Friday announced that it would no longer require fully vaccinated guests to wear masks either indoors or outdoors at its Las Vegas properties. While MGM said it would still require employees to wear masks on property, it hopes “to announce updates to this policy soon.”
MGM’s Las Vegas properties include the Bellagio, Aria, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, The Mirage, New York-New York, and Park MGM.
The same policy will apply to the Las Vegas Sands properties, which includes The Venetian, Palazzo, and the Sands Expo & Convention Center. Sands on Friday said that starting at 2 p.m., guests who are fully vaccinated would no longer be required to wear masks “in most areas.” Employees will still be required to wear masks.
Caesars, which operates Flamingo, Bally’s, Caesars Palace, Rio, Paris Las Vegas, Planet Hollywood, LINQ, Harrah’s, and The Cromwell, also changed its policy on Friday.
Caesars will no longer require fully vaccinated guests to wear facemasks, though team members will still be required to do so.
The Cosmopolitan will also let fully vaccinated guests and employees to go maskless while on the property. Employees who are unvaccinated will have to continue to wear masks.
Wynn Resort’s, which owns Wynn Las Vegas and Encore, on Thursday announced that fully vaccinated guests and employees will not be required to wear masks. According to Wynn, 91% of its employees are vaccinated.