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  1. Sonya

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    Venetian has posted their Plan for Opening the Casino to guests. You can find the whole document on their website here:

    https://www.venetian.com/policy/venetian-clean.html

    I'll include some elements of the plan here that will be of interest to visitors.

    Sounds like they are going to do some extra cleaning. ;)

    Like the Wynn Plan, the Venetian Plan has thermal or temperature checks. If you have a temperature over 100.4, you will be "directed to appropriate medical care." This is not as drastic as the language Wynn uses to remove you from the property, but the removal is still implied here.

    They will also have EMTs on staff and on location to assess if you need to go to medical care.

    Again, PPE will be provided to guests, and masks will be suggested, but the plan seems to indicate they are not required. We will have to watch and see what happens when they open in regard to how the mask policy is enforced.

    Social distancing when standing in lines, elevators, restaurants, gondolas, pools and meeting spaces.


    Here is their policy for when a guest is suspected to have the virus:
    That sounds to me as if you will be "directed toward appropriate medical care" and not welcomed to stay out your illness in your room.


    Sounds like they will be doing a lot of cleaning in the public spaces around the casino/hotel. And there will be "hundreds of hand sanitizing stations" in high traffic areas.
    And more cleaning in the rooms.
    The amenity package provided in the rooms seems similar to Wynn's, but also includes a small pocket sized hand sanitizer.


    Pretty standard set of Food Safety Guidelines:

    Sounds like they have settled on a plan to sterilize casino chips every two hours.

    If you still have questions about the plan, they give you an email address to contact them.

    We had a thread open on this topic this morning. It did not go well and has been removed and some warnings have been issued. I know many of you would love to be able to have these discussions, but you have to work with me on this. Until we can have these conversations without them immediately becoming ripe with disinformation, speculation and bickering, we won't be having them on VMB. Most of you seem to understand this, but there are always a few people who have to ruin things for everyone else.
     
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    And in other news.....

    Gaming Stocks Jump On Speculation Over Casino Reopenings
    https://www.cdcgamingreports.com/gaming-stocks-jump-on-speculation-over-potential-casino-re-openings/


    Washoe County reported a spike in cases, probably related to Easter Gatherings.
    https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/jump-in-covid-19-cases-linked-to-easter-get-togethers-increase-keeps-contact-investigators-busy
    This highlights the problem I see with opening up Las Vegas to tourism too soon. If a couple of Easter gatherings caused three dozen new infections in Washoe County, imagine what hundreds or thousands of people coming into Las Vegas for a weekend will bring home to their friends, family and coworkers. I'm apprehensive about people going home sick with the virus and what effect that will have long term on the recovery of Nevada Tourism. Maybe I'm in the minority, but I think that waiting longer to open is better than opening quickly and then having to shut down again in a few weeks when people start testing positive for the virus.



    Colleges and Universities are waiting before deciding if they will have in person or online classes in the fall.
    https://www.8newsnow.com/news/local-news/nevada-colleges-universities-waiting-before-making-decision-on-whether-fall-classes-will-be-online-or-in-person/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter_8NewsNow


    CDC Gaming has an article about the reopening of Macau:
    https://www.cdcgamingreports.com/commentaries/post-virus-macau-creeps-back-to-life/


    Sheldon Adelson and Sands are Shopping:
    https://www.cdcgamingreports.com/adelson-casino-acquisitions-in-asia-now-on-the-table-for-las-vegas-sands/



    Cosmopolitan has donated $250,000 worth of products to local nonprofits
    https://www.8newsnow.com/news/local-news/cosmopolitan-of-las-vegas-donates-more-than-250000-in-items-to-local-nonprofits/


    As I detailed in the previous post, Venetian has announced its plan for reopening:
    https://www.8newsnow.com/news/local-news/venetian-resort-announces-protocols-for-reopening/

    I'll continue in the next post to keep this from getting too long. :)
     
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    Continued:

    Nevada Current has an article about Service Workers in Las Vegas.
    https://www.nevadacurrent.com/2020/04/28/with-workers-at-risk-hospitality-jobs-could-fall-victim-to-covid-19/


    Jet Blue to Require Face Masks. Should All Airlines?
    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/face-masks-airplane-passengers/


    ProPublica has an article titled "There is No Such Thing as a Return to Normal":
    https://www.propublica.org/article/theres-no-such-thing-as-returning-to-normal-we-answered-your-questions-about-reopening-america
    These "experts" answered several questions about COVID and reopeing:

    How accurate are all these new tests?
    What is the impact of someone driving from an "open" state to a "closed" one?
    What are the chances of getting a vaccine in the near future?:


    How Nevada Will Benefit from the Western States Alliance:
    https://www.8newsnow.com/news/local-news/how-nevada-will-benefit-from-western-states-pact-amid-covid-19-pandemic/


    The President had a all with the Governors this morning and it included this little snippet I thought would be of interest here:
    https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/28/politics/trump-governors-call/


    And to end on a lighter note, there's this Haunted Las Vegas Quiz:
    https://lasvegasmagazine.com/entertainment/2020/apr/28/haunted-vegas-elvis-zak-bagans-redd-foxx/

    Just for fun, 10 questions about ghosts in Vegas. The answers are at the bottom.

    I got two of them wrong. :( To be fair, I spend way more time exploring ghost towns in Nevada than I do in any other state. And who knows the names of the local parks that isn't a local? :p On a positive note, now I know where I can go to anger a swing set ghost/demon, if and when I'm ever back in Las Vegas. :haha:


    That should do it for today, unless there is major breaking news about Las Vegas.
     
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    Just a quick, but important update for now. I'll post more after some teleconferencing. Apparently they expect you to be dressed and presentable for that. :)

    Yesterday Governor Sisolak tweeted that he will be making an announcement about plans moving forward on Thursday.


    This morning, he appeared on ABC and told them he was going to extend the shut down order:

    https://www.ktnv.com/news/coronavirus/gov-sisolak-to-appear-on-abc-special-pandemic-what-you-need-to-know
    When asked, this is what he said:
    Sisolak0429.png


    This is pretty much in line with what we're hearing in WA state too. Our Governor is going to open outdoor activities like state parks, golfing and fishing restrictions. He says he will look at opening more retail for curbside pickup.

    I'm not sure what "extend the stay at home order a little bit" means for the casinos. It's possible some of those mid-May dates might be viable, but the outlook got a little darker for anyone with a May reservation. Hopefully we will have more specifics tomorrow when we get the plan.


    Las Vegas Sun has a few more details:
    https://lasvegassun.com/news/2020/apr/28/sisolak-to-detail-nevada-reopening-plan-on-thursda/
     
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    And really quickly, this is another story getting a lot of attention this morning.

    Las Vegas Firms Creates Safety Shields for Use at Slots/Tables
    https://www.reviewjournal.com/business/casinos-gaming/las-vegas-firm-creates-safety-shields-for-use-at-casino-slots-tables-2016807/
    Here are some photos of the dividers, similar to the ones I posted from Margaritaville in Bossier City, LA on Monday.

    dividers.jpg
     
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    Okay, lots of updates today. I hope you all had a chance to read post #64 about Governor Sisolak's plan being released tomorrow and some hints that they won't be opening quickly.

    I have more information on that.

    There was more information once the ABC show I talked about in that update actually aired.

    https://www.8newsnow.com/news/local-news/gov-sisolak-extending-stay-at-home-order/

    I'm not sure exactly what that means for reopening plans, but it does not sound like May dates are feasible. Depending on his criteria for each phase, it could be June, but it could NOT be June either. I'm hopeful that we will have a clearer picture when the Governor holds his press conference tomorrow, but I am not making any promises.

    I know that casinos needing to wait until Phase 3 or 4 is not the news a number of you wanted to hear. I encourage you to go back and look at the Administration's plan for opening and how the different phases are defined.
    https://www.whitehouse.gov/openingamerica/

    We are at the beginning of the beginning, not the beginning of the end, unfortunately. This virus is serious business. There are people on the TV (and here) saying that it's the same as the flu and since the flu can kill 60,000 people per year, this is no big deal. I don't agree with that. Look at these numbers for nationwide deaths:

    Feb. 28: 0 deaths
    Mar. 28: 2,043 deaths
    Apr. 28: 58,356 deaths

    No "regular flu" kills 56,000+ people in one month alone. Some sources are reporting we crossed the 60.000 deaths in the US today, a number that was predicted to be our peak in August. Please try to remember that these decisions are being made to protect the lives of people. I'm glad I'm not making the decisions on it. It's a difficult position to be in. I'm trying to find as much understanding and patience as I can. I understand the frustration many of you are feeling. I can tell you I'm sorry, but I'm not sure that helps you. :(



    Masks, separated slots, more cleaning once casinos reopen
    https://www.cdcgamingreports.com/masks-separated-slots-more-cleaning-once-casinos-reopen/


    Easing Lockdown makes day to day choices more difficult
    https://www.8newsnow.com/news/easing-lockdowns-makes-day-to-day-choices-more-complicated/



    Casinos will be required to submit detailed plans to resume business, likely including occupancy limits
    https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/top-gaming-regulator-casinos-will-be-required-to-submit-detailed-plans-to-resume-business-likely-including-occupancy-limits


    And I thought you might want to see this Twitter poll from a local news station:

    poll.jpg


    Continued in the next post.
     
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    I'm not sure a lot of people here will agree with this one. ;)

    No slots, no problem: Social Gaming Steps in to Fill the Empty Space
    https://www.cdcgamingreports.com/commentaries/no-slots-no-problem-social-gaming-steps-in-to-fill-the-empty-space/


    Boyd Reports 18% Revenue Drop in 1st Quarter
    https://www.reviewjournal.com/business/casinos-gaming/boyd-gaming-reports-18-revenue-drop-in-first-quarter-2016797/


    Roy Horn, of Sigfried and Roy, has tested positive for COVID-19
    https://lasvegassun.com/news/2020/apr/28/roy-horn-of-siegfried-and-roy-magic-duo-tests-posi/


    Do you need a Golden Knights face mask and want to help out a charity?
    https://lasvegassun.com/news/2020/apr/28/sale-of-golden-knights-cloth-face-masks-benefits-c/


    Four Oklahoma Tribal Casinos Extend Closure to May 15th
    https://oklahoman.com/article/5661164/coronavirus-in-oklahoma-four-tribes-announce-extension-of-casino-closures


    Neon Museum Set To Open May 22nd
    https://www.8newsnow.com/news/the-neon-museum-set-to-open-memorial-day-weekend-under-new-health-guidelines/
    Of course, this is subject to whatever the Governor's plan says.


    A Million Dollar Breakfast Space Joins Urban Street Food at Resorts World
    https://vegas.eater.com/2020/4/29/21240709/breakfast-restaurant-urban-street-food-resorts-world


    Wynn Announces Partnership with UMC to Test Employees
    https://www.8newsnow.com/news/local-news/wynn-resorts-umc-partner-to-test-employees-of-wynn-resorts-for-covid-19/

    Continued in the next post
     
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    Nevada gaming revenues decline 39.57% in March due to the coronavirus shutdowns; LV Strip down 45.67%, downtown drops 25%, Reno down 55.2%
    https://www.cdcgamingreports.com/coronavirus-nevada-gaming-revenues-fall-nearly-40-in-march-lv-strip-down-45-6/


    Nevada Independent posted their 5th Breakdown of the COVID Numbers for Nevada
    https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/coronavirus-contextualized-5th-edition-exploring-through-data-covid-19-in-nevada-and-beyond
    Seems like this data point may be why we are moving to Phase One in Nevada:



    Death Rate Hits 5% for Southern Nevada, But What Does That Mean?
    https://www.8newsnow.com/news/local-news/death-rate-hits-5-for-southern-nevada-covid-19-cases-what-it-means/



    A little birdie with some knowledge says that the Gaming Control Board Chair Sandra Douglas Morgan also mentioned that temperature checks in summer in Las Vegas might not be effective.



    And one more piece to note for you:

    Are you making face masks at home, in your spare time? The Army says they know the best material for making them
    https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/04/28/army-says-it-has-found-best-fabric-face-masks.html

    That's it for today. Tomorrow we will get the Governor's announcement. I'll post it as soon as I have time. Thanks for your patience with these updates. I hope they are helpful and informative.
     
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    A preview of tomorrow's announcement was just released.

    https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/sisolak-loosens-restrictions-on-golf-drive-in-worship-services-may-1-other-elements-of-stay-at-home-order-extended

    IMG_20200429_180659.png

    All other closures are extended to May 15th.

     
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    Here are today's non-Governor related stories.


    Frontier Airlines Is Requiring Masks
    https://www.fox13memphis.com/news/trending/frontier-airlines-makes-masks-mandatory-passengers-amid-covid-19-pandemic/Y6PEXHGU75DTZCJ2DTTGPGHXUQ/


    Health officials fear rebound of COVID-19 cases if restrictions lifted ‘too soon’
    https://www.nevadacurrent.com/blog/health-officials-fear-rebound-of-covid-19-cases-if-restrictions-lifted-too-soon/


    Electric Daisy Carnival to Broadcast Live Event - May 15-17
    https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/dance/9368326/electric-daisy-carnival-las-vegas-livestream



    Forbes has an interview with Phil Ruffin, which does not make him look great.
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/willyakowicz/2020/04/30/donald-trumps-best-friend-billionaire-casino-mogul-phil-ruffin-sees-a-hidden-jackpot-in-the-pandemic/amp/
    Uh... yikes.




    Southern Nevada Health District is working with Casinos and Resorts on safety guidelines
    https://www.8newsnow.com/news/local-news/snhd-working-with-casinos-and-resorts-on-safety-guidelines/



    How soon could the Nevada Economy recover from COVID-19
    https://www.8newsnow.com/news/local-news/how-soon-could-the-las-vegas-economy-recover-from-the-covid-19-pandemic/
    I'll post the Governor stories in the next post.
     
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    Governor Sisolak is going to be having a press conference about "Nevada United: Roadmap to Recovery, our State’s plan to reopen the economy while continuing to safeguard Nevadans against COVID19" today at 5pm Pacific Time. You can watch at this link: https://livestream.com/ndemmedia/governorsisolak043020

    I posted this article last night, but I neglected to say that it has a Scribd window at the bottom with the official document, if you're interested.
    https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/sisolak-loosens-restrictions-on-golf-drive-in-worship-services-may-1-other-elements-of-stay-at-home-order-extended

    Summary is:

    Section 2 allows several categories of retail stores to offer curbside pickup.
    Section 3 includes cannabis stores in the curbside pickup.
    Section 4 extends the closure of other businesses until May 15
    Section 9 allows the opening of golf, tennis and pickle ball activities, if social distancing guidelines can be maintained
    Section 10 allows drive in church services, as long as 6' of distance is kept between vehicles and people stay in their cars
    Section 13 references casino gaming. Here's a screen grab
    gaming.jpg



    He also released a few PDF documents you can view or download:

    https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/4.29-release.pdf



    Here is the revised Declaration of Emergency that I said was attached to the NV Indy article:

    https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Declaration-of-Emergency-Directive-016.4-29-20-1.pdf



    And this document gives some guidance on how best to implement and interpret the changes to the Emergency Declaration

    https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/All-Guidance-Issued-on-Directive-016-4-29-20.pdf
     
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    First, for some non-Governor news today....

    There was an article here about MGM Resorts CEO Bill Hornbuckle's first quarterly call as CEO. He has some interesting details in here:
    https://www.cdcgamingreports.com/mgm-bellagio-ny-ny-will-be-the-companys-first-casinos-to-reopen-on-the-strip-but-beau-rivage-may-happen-sooner/

    First, he says that when MGM Resorts properties open, it will be New York New York and Bellagio that open first.
    But he also says that the Gulf Coast casinos are more likely to open first.
    He says he expects to put out their opening plan in the "next two weeks".
    Here he talks about the opening of the casinos.
    And one more piece about Las Vegas:



    Governor Tate Reeves says MS Gulf Coast Casinos could open by Memorial Day:
    https://www.sunherald.com/news/coronavirus/article242412581.html?fbclid=IwAR1a46Qa1nFRnBFKy2zn2hFPqZETu7GD5nbqzjg2UYLxeM4eolJzv8DtmwU



    Macau Numbers from April said to be "horriffic", down 97%
    https://www.cdcgamingreports.com/macau-casino-numbers-from-april-termed-horrific-market-dips-to-95m-a-97-decline/



    And lastly, this piece from Bloomberg, Pandemic Likely to Last Two Years:
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-01/covid-19-pandemic-likely-to-last-two-years-report-says
    I include this one for a little bit of reality check. I know many of us are eager to return to "normal", but "normal" is going to look a lot different until we get either a viable vaccine or herd immunity of something like 70-80%. This probably means that masks, distancing, teleworking, will all be part of this new "normal" for a couple of years.

    This will be hard for recovery in Las Vegas, because people need to feel safe to travel and splash around in the petri dish we lovingly refer to as Vegas. ;) We will get there, but it may take some time for anything resembling what we used to think of as normal.

    Okay, on to the Governor's Nevada United: Roadmap To Recovery Plan in the next post....
     
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    The Governor's Plan for reopening Nevada has been posted. It is 28 pages and titled "Nevada United: Roadmap To Recovery". You can find it here:

    https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/NEVADA-UNITED-ROADMAP-TO-RECOVERY.pdf

    I'll spare you all the local stuff and try to just focus on tourism and stuff that impacts those of us from out of state.

    On page 10, the section about Foundational Statewide Social Distancing starts at the bottom of the page:

    Under the travel part I would note it includes this piece:

    I have no idea when that restriction will be removed. I didn't see a reference to removing it at any of the phases, but it would have to be lifted before tourism can return to Nevada, obviously.

    In order to move into Phase One the following goals need to be met:
    * Decline in percentage of people testing positive and decline in hospitalizations
    * Strengthening Healthcare Infrastructure (mostly supplies and personnel)
    * Testing Expansion
    * Case Contact Tracing (detect, test, trace, isolate)
    * Protect Vulnerable Populations

    On Page 17, he talks about forming a Local Empowerment Advisory Panel (LEAP). He lists a number of people who will be on the panel, including:
    I'm not sure if casino owners are "other stakeholders" or "industry representatives", but it appears they are in the loop.

    On the top of page 18, where it talks about businesses opening, it says:

    Gaming is addressed on Page 19:


    Towards the bottom of Page 19, they get to the phases of reopening:

    We are currently in the Stay Home for Nevada Phase, or Phase 0.

    So that lasts between May 1 and May 15, 2020. Then, if there is no issues with increased cases, they can move to Phase 1.

    If we assume 3 weeks from May 15 for Phase One, this takes us to June 5, 2020, and Phase Two:

    There is some conflict inside this one. It says the Potential Duration is a minimum of 2-3 weeks, but in the paragraph below, it says this Phase will last several weeks. I guess I can't give you even an approximate date for a best case scenario for Phase Three. Sorry. I guess we could say somewhere between late June (super optimistic) and hopefully mid-July.

    That brings us to.... Phase 4:

    Well, that last line isn't very encouraging or inspiring, but I understand there is a lot of uncertainty that far out in the process.

    On Pages 22-23, they talk about the "new normal" for Nevada. I don't know how this directly is connected to the Gaming Industry, but there are a lot of tourism related jobs in Nevada.

    This one is about us. Well, maybe not us, but Las Vegas Tourists in general.

    And from Page 26 and the Conclusion:


    So, that's the plan. Again, you can find the full document here - https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/NEVADA-UNITED-ROADMAP-TO-RECOVERY.pdf

    Unfortunately it does not have any clear answers about an opening date for Casinos. I'm guessing June or mid-June would be the earliest, but I would be speculating and I wouldn't be willing to put any money on it. ;)

    I will continue with more coverage in the next post.
     
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    Here are the two pages that outline the four phases for reopening. I "borrowed" these from someone else, I hope everyone can read them.

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    Here is some press coverage of the Governor's plan:

    Sisolak says state will transition to limited business reopening over next 15 days
    https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/sisolak-says-state-will-transition-to-limited-business-reopening-over-next-15-days-as-worst-of-covid-19-passes
    He answered a number of questions, that are included in the article. I'm not sure all of them are of interest to people here, so I didn't include everything.


    Howard Stutz tweeted about that article and added:
    I think June is optimistic, but I can see how it's possible.




    This article talks about the plan going forward, and compares it to other states.
    https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/as-sisolak-lays-out-recovery-plan-that-could-see-businesses-opening-in-mid-may-other-western-states-forge-their-own-paths
    Here is the segment on Nevada:
    It also has guidelines for California, Arizona, Utah, Oregon, Idaho, Colorado, Washington (although we don't get out plan until later today).



    Here is the Las Vegas Sun coverage:
    https://lasvegassun.com/news/2020/apr/30/sisolak-details-path-forward-to-restart-nevada-und/



    And here is the one from Las Vegas Review Journal:
    https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/politics-and-government/nevada/sisolak-says-most-nevada-businesses-will-reopen-by-may-15-2018190/

    That's all I've got for now. Thanks for reading.
     
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    Oh, I do have a few more stories, shared by some VMBers:


    Kansas Governor says non-Tribal Casinos may open by May 18th.
    https://www.kwch.com/content/news/WATCH-LIVE-Gov-Laura-Kelly-unveils-plans-to-reopen-Kansas-570089151.html
    Casinos would be included in her Phase Two here:
    KSPhase2.jpg




    American Airlines will require customer to wear masks, starting May 11th.
    http://news.aa.com/news/news-details/2020/American-to-Require-Customers-to-Wear-Face-Coverings-Starting-May-11-OPS-DIS-04/



    Delta will also require masks, starting May 4th:
    https://seekingalpha.com/amp/news/3567383-delta-tells-passengers-to-mask-up



    One more to add:

    @Chuck2009x shared some more information about the MGM Resorts Call that I didn't see. Here it is:

    MGM had it's earnings conference call yesterday and the CEO indicated that they would open properties in a phased fashion when allowed.

    Key takeaways:
    They need properties to be 30% - 50% occupied to be worth opening
    They're thinking about opening 2 or 3 properties initially (NYNY, Bellagio)
    They expect pent-up demand first from customers within driving distance

    This is covered generally in a USA Today article:
    https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2020/04/30/mgm-plans-reopen-las-vegas-bellagio-new-york-new-york/3061417001/

    And a little more detail in the conference call transcript (it's behind a registration wall, so I copied the relevant portion below):

    Operator


    Thank you. [Operator Instructions] And our first question today will come from Joe Greff with JPMorgan. Please go ahead.

    Joe Greff

    Good afternoon everybody. Good afternoon Bill. I was going to start of Bill with you and ask specifically you what you might be doing differently then say Jim did in his tenure, but I kind of thought you laid it out pretty eloquently. So, I will not take that as one of my two questions. So, starting with question number one, and I know you talked about it, it’s premature to talk about the timing of when you can reopen your domestic properties, and so, just – just maybe can you talk about how you think about how you will start to phase in properties particularly on the Las Vegas Strip? I think before maybe on CNBC, you said that maybe you would start with properties that are not on – that at the higher price point like Excalibur, nor would it be those properties have traditionally hosted a large percentage of international visitors. If the Las Vegas Strip opens for the summer how many properties by the end of this year realistically optimally do you anticipate could be opened by the end of this year? How many by the middle of next year, you know how much of your views will be in reaction to airline capacity coming back? And how much of it is depended on the group business?

    Bill Hornbuckle

    Thank you, Joe. I appreciate backing of the first question and focusing on a simple one. So, let me – I have got to this maybe in three buckets and obviously Corey can and will chime in here. Macau speaks for itself and Grant is on the phone to the extent at the end of this you want to ask some additional questions, but we are hopeful that early this summer given all the indicators and things we see in China that that market will begin to open up.

    Guangdong province of note, which is critical to us is feeling better, although it goes back and forth as you know, but the order of magnitude of case loads there are significantly down, and we feel better about what’s happening and we think there is some opportunity there in early summer. The regional properties obviously like I said in my prepared comments are going to be – as all of these places are going to be predicated on what the government says.

    What Governors are saying is at least the baseline mandate and our regulators. We do see Mississippi first, obviously we see places like Empire potentially off to later in the year, time to be determined. The good news about our regionals is their drive markets with the exception of BAW, which does have some fly capacity given the 800 keys there and the programs that we run, but we see those potentially Mississippi, potentially Maryland down the road of note and then those begin to rollout.

    You’ve all seen what’s going on Michigan, so obviously we’re in the midst of all of that in Detroit. So, we will take one step at a time. More specific to your question in Las Vegas we have of you and don't know exactly when, the Governor has been speaking almost daily now on when to open. He like most governors is looking at a three-phased process trying to open up small businesses things like golf courses etcetera, understand what happens in those – with the community in that respect. Then go to the next bucket.

    In some areas, we are in that next bucket, Nevada of note, and in some areas potentially like Maryland we may be in the third bucket of activity, but in there it’s believed that gaming will open universally meaning all of gaming in Southern Nevada will have a chance to open same time when it’s deemed safe. Again, we just don't know. We’re probably looking at two or three offerings initially.

    Obviously, something of a value set. We tend to lean into New York. New York because it’s one of our simpler places to run, it’s 2000 rooms. We’re probably looking at Bellagio at the other end. I'm wanting to ensure, I'm sure the competitors set down the street is going to open because they only have one in the context of when in sands. So, want to be in the high-end business. And then from there we’re talking about what other properties should open if any at that point in time and, you know we’ll go slow, we will be responsive and responsible, we will look to the economics in some of it.

    Most of these properties need to be between 30% and 50% to generate any kind of cash that is meaningful i.e. meaning not going backwards from being closed. And so we're going to see how the market responds. You did mention the airlines; we were in a conversation last week with Southwest, its President and remaining of its leadership team. They are still bullish on Las Vegas. The interesting thing I think is the point-to-point carriers will come first. And obviously the hub guys, the United, the Americans, the Deltas in the world have other challenges with hubs that may restrict some activity here, but Southwest feels relatively bullish. They won't start here first, but I think over time you’ll see them focus on this market because as always in these circumstances, Las Vegas presents a great deal of value. Corey, if you want to?

    Corey Sanders

    I think you hit all the key points Bill. I mean, obviously safety is a key thing. We want to avoid any spikes and numbers and things like that. So, we will deal with it cautiously and in general a lot of it will be demand driven. Just as a reminder, about 50% of the traffic coming into Las Vegas is from automobiles, and we do think there will be some pent up demand and as the opportunity comes about, we’ll definitely open up properties to maximize our cash flow.




    I think that's it for now. Thanks to everyone who is sharing articles. I appreciate the extra sets of eyes, as sometimes I do miss something. :nworthy:
     
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    Station Casinos has announced it is laying off a large portion of their staff

    StationCasinos.jpg

    When they do reopen, they will start with Red Rock, Green Valley Ranch, Boulder Station, Santa Fe Station, Palace Station and Sunset Station.

    Their last properties to open will be Fiesta Henderson, Fiesta Rancho, Texas Station and the Palms.

    https://www.stationcasinosinfo.com/



    And here's an article:
    https://www.8newsnow.com/news/local-news/station-casinos-to-layoff-some-of-its-workforce-because-of-state-mandated-closure-of-casinos-due-to-covid-19/

    Or two:
    https://www.cdcgamingreports.com/station-casinos-to-layoff-an-undisclosed-number-of-workers-will-phase-in-re-openings/




    Kelly Clarkson has postponed her residency until 2021
    https://www.8newsnow.com/news/local-news/singer-kelly-clarkson-delays-her-las-vegas-residency/



    Life is Beautiful's Food and Music festival downtown has cancelled for 2020
    https://vegas.eater.com/2020/4/22/21230756/life-is-beautiful-cancels-2020-downtown-las-vegas-table-34-grape-vine-cafe-open-takeout-coronavirus
     
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    Lots of moving parts to keep track of. Seems like many places are making their best guesses about when casinos are going to be open.

    Treasure Island still says May 15. Wynn doesn't say, but they are booking for May 22. Sahara has announced taking reservations for May 22 as well. And Westgate says they are going to target opening on June 18. https://news3lv.com/news/local/westgate-las-vegas-pegs-june-18-as-reopening-date

    Do any of them know for sure? Probably not.

    But, there is some progress as...

    The Gaming Control Board has released their policy for COVID-19 prevention plans:
    https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/gaming-control-board-policy-for-covid-19-prevention-plans-outlines-changes-coming-to-casino-industry



    You can find the full, seven page document here: https://gaming.nv.gov/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=16731

    I'll go over the highlights of the report.

    Not new is the requirement that all casinos submit a plan to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at least seven days before opening.
    Every property is required to do a cleaning and disinfecting of all hard and soft surfaces, as well as provide adequate training on cleaning procedures, social distancing, hand washing and how to avoid spreading germs at work.
    Signage requirements:
    The plan needs to include guidelines for employees to stay home if they feel sick and a plan for how to notify the property local health authority if someone is believed to be positive for the virus:
    Employee Training and Responsibilities:

    Plans for gaming machines:

    Plans for table games:

    Plans for race & sportsbooks, Keno lounges and Bingo halls:

    Occupancy Limits:

    Social Distancing guidelines. These are all expected to comply with the health and safety guidelines from the state and local government and cover any area where people will congregate.
    Please note in here, Nightclubs and Day clubs are closed until further notice. Also, Pool seating should be configured to encourage social distancing.

    Cleaning and disinfecting of public areas:
    Cleaning and disinfecting hotel rooms:
    They also need a protocol for how they will process a room if a guest has a confirmed case of COVID-19
    And a cleaning plan for Restaurants, Bars and Lounges:

    It sounds to me like the casinos are gong to have to hire a lot more people for the cleaning staff.
     
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    In other Covid Nevada news:

    Allegiant Stadium is working with the SNHD, because their workers testing positive jumped from seven to sixteen this week.
    https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2020/05/01/allegiant-stadium-positive-coronavirus-cases-increase-from-seven-to-16/
    https://www.8newsnow.com/news/mortenson-mccarthy-collaborating-with-snhd-after-additional-covid-19-cases-at-allegiant-stadium/


    Eater has an article about how the reduced seating capacity due to COVID-19 may be an issue for many restaurants
    https://www.eater.com/2020/5/1/21243489/limited-capacity-could-destroy-the-restaurant-business




    Reuters has an article about the negotiations going on between casinos and their union employees. The employees want protections and aren't in a hurry to open.
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-las-vegas-unions/i-wont-be-alive-to-work-las-vegas-union-wants-sick-leave-quarantine-pay-idUSKBN22D54Q
    Eww.. try to be less gross, Vegas travelers. :)



    I'm happy to say I found an un-paywalled version of this NY Times article:
    Wild Ideas to Bring Back Sports May say more about Cities than Leagues
    https://outline.com/L2MS59



    CDC Gaming has an article about the Gaming Control Board's cleaning guidelines:
    Are they casinos or hospitals?
    https://www.cdcgamingreports.com/commentaries/are-they-casinos-or-hospitals-gaming-leaders-increase-hygiene-and-cleaning-measures/
    Oh, I'm interested in this one. I will barter my Vegas swag for masks with casino logos on them! I've got some ElRancho cards and coin buckets if anyone wants to trade. ;)



    County Governments plan for Phase One openings
    https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/county-governments-plan-for-first-phase-of-reopening-nevadas-economy-prepare-surveys-on-readiness




    MGM Resorts lays off 4 hotel presidents
    https://www.reviewjournal.com/entertainment/entertainment-columns/kats/mgm-resorts-lays-off-4-hotel-presidents-2019185/
     
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    I also wanted to point you to this fantastic article in The Atlantic

    Why the Coronavirus Is So Confusing
    A guide to making sense of a problem that is now too big for any one person to fully comprehend

    Ed Yong is a great reporter on science and does a bang up job of breaking down the problems with figuring out what is happening with this virus and why there is so much conflicting information

    https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/04/pandemic-confusing-uncertainty/610819/

    There is some political content in here and it does point out issues on both sides of the aisle, but don't let that stop you from the information in here that is valuable.

    I. The Virus

    II. The Disease

    III. The Research

    IV. The Experts

    V. The Messaging

    VI. The Information

    VII. The Numbers

    VIII. The Narrative


    I hit the hilghlights, but it's a long, but informative read, if you're interested.
     
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