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  1. Sonya

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    The Real Reason to Wear a Mask
    Much of the confusion around masks stems from the conflation of two very different uses.
    https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/04/dont-wear-mask-yourself/610336/



    This op-ed from Libertarian David Colborne presents another point of view.

    Nevada is not reopening, ready or not
    https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/nevada-is-not-reopening-ready-or-not


    I thought this Las Vegas Weekly article had some words that might comfort some VMBers.

    MOURNING CHANGE: IF YOU’RE FEELING DOWN ABOUT THE LOSS OF A LIFESTYLE, YOU’RE NOT ALONE
    https://lasvegasweekly.com/news/2020/apr/30/mourning-change-if-youre-feeling-down-about-the-lo/


    Allegiant Airlines to provide masks, gloves and wipes to passengers
    https://www.8newsnow.com/news/local-news/allegiant-air-to-provide-masks-gloves-and-wipes-to-passengers/


    Casino designers suggest resorts take an approach where ‘guests and staff feel safe’
    https://www.cdcgamingreports.com/casinos-designers-suggest-resorts-take-an-approach-where-guests-and-staff-feel-safe/


    The trouble with tourists
    Will sacrifices of Nevadans be for naught upon reopening?
    https://www.nevadacurrent.com/2020/05/04/the-trouble-with-tourists/


    And I wanted to point out that the Nevada Independent has teamed up with WSOP to offer a charity tournament this weekend, May 10th.
    https://www.wsop.com/promotions/nevada-independent/nv/
    If you're itching for a poker tournament, this is an opportunity to help out some local journalism.
     
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    One more quick update. Palms is closed effective May 1st and laying off all employees.

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    Washoe County is urging a socially distant Cinco de Mayo
    https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/washoe-county-officials-urge-socially-distant-cinco-de-mayo-celebrations-say-hospitalizations-not-declining-yet




    Jim Murren/COVID-19 Task Force Hope to Improve Testing in Nevada
    https://www.reviewjournal.com/local/local-nevada/murren-hopes-to-see-30k-nevadans-tested-per-day-for-coronavirus-2020924/



    UNITE HERE (represents many casino unions) has released their plan for opening
    https://www.8newsnow.com/news/local-news/union-wants-all-employees-tested-before-returning-to-casino-jobs-dont-want-to-be-rats-in-a-lab-for-coronavirus/
    You can find the document here - https://www.8newsnow.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2020/05/20200502-UNITE-HERE-Gaming-Guidelines-Health-and-Sanitation-2.pdf

    Here are some of the highlights:

    General Health:
    Return to Business:
    Personal Protective Equipment:

    Guest Arrival and Departure:
    Housekeeping:
    Room Service:

    Fitness Centers, Spas, & Pools:

    Gaming



    A VMBer has asked me to share this Yahoo Finance article:
    The cost of reopening the economy, in lives
    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/the-cost-of-reopening-the-economy-in-lives-201007725.html


    That's all I've got for today. I'm down in the dumps about this virus. The biggest heartache I'm feeling is the absence of people caring for their fellow man. We've got to remember that we're not isolating, distancing and wearing masks for giggles. We are trying to save lives here. Stay home if you can. If you can't, be smart and courteous. Wear your f**king mask! Stay 6' minimum away from other people. Don't crowd. Don't be rude. Show a little kindness as we're all suffering with our own particular struggles right now. Please remember that when you're interacting with people. A little kindness and thoughtfulness goes a LONG way. Please try to be a helper in this world and not a problem-creator. We're all in this mess together. And we can beat it if we stick together.
     
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    Couple more updates for today.


    Please remember, that per the Trump Administration's guidelines, as long as cases and hospitalizations are increasing, they can't move into the phases where casinos can open. Cases are still on the rise in Nevada.

    https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/coronavirus-live-blog-week-nine



    Airbnb warns against parties in Las Vegas
    https://www.8newsnow.com/news/local-news/airbnb-warns-against-parties-in-las-vegas-amid-upcoming-celebrations-in-may/



    Clark County votes to extend liquor, hotel and gaming license requirements for 120 days
    https://www.8newsnow.com/news/local-news/clark-county-votes-to-suspend-license-requirements-for-liquor-gaming-hotel-establishments-for-120-days/
    The state reported 332 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday and recorded 32 deaths, with 14 of those from coroner’s reports the Mississippi State Health Department is just now counting. Mississippi has a total of 8,207 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 342 deaths.



    Sports Betting to Resume at South Point on their betting app
    https://www.8newsnow.com/news/local-news/sports-betting-to-resume-at-south-point-casino-on-its-sports-app/



    Mississippi Governor Reeves said he wanted to open casinos by Memorial Day, now he's not sure
    https://www.sunherald.com/news/coronavirus/article242520976.html



    Louisiana Casinos could open by Memorial Day, but players can expect a different experience
    https://www.arklatexhomepage.com/news/louisiana-news/louisiana-casinos-could-reopen-by-memorial-day-players-can-expect-different-experience-inside/



    This internal email from Westgate is making the rounds on social media. Enough that I believe it's legitimate

    westgate.jpg





    MGM has furloughed employees and they could face layoffs come August 31st.
    https://www.8newsnow.com/news/local-news/mgm-resorts-international-employees-furloughed-due-to-covid-19-could-face-layoffs-come-aug-31/
    Here is the entire letter: https://www.8newsnow.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/59/2020/05/Bill-Hornbuckle-Letter_5.5.20.pdf
    That is a sobering letter.
     
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    Governor Sisolak is doing a press conference later today to let Nevadans know when they can enter into Phase 1. "They" are saying it will be before the projected date of May 15th. Please remember, this is not a date for opening casinos, but when they can open parks, tennis/pickleball courts, golfing, and some retail establishments can open for curbside pickup. I will post an update when the conference is over.



    Las Vegas startup creates self cleaning slot machine dividers.
    https://www.foxbusiness.com/technology/las-vegas-company-coronavirus-slot-machine-dividers
    The article includes some mockups of what they would look like. I chose one to share here:
    slotdividers.jpg




    SNHD releases guidelines for reopening restaurants for dine in.
    https://vegas.eater.com/2020/5/6/21249294/las-vegas-restaurants-reopen-dine-in-service-snhd-guidelines-covid-19-coronavirus-pandemic
    You can read the full set of guidelines on Scribd here - https://www.scribd.com/document/460174629/SNHD-Reopening-Guidance-and-Checklist-for-Food-Establishments-Phase-1#from_embed?campaign=SkimbitLtd&ad_group=66960X1516589Xa5a3244a695c90b7c3d3967b4d803962&keyword=660149026&source=hp_affiliate&medium=affiliate




    Nevada Independent has released it's latest edition of looking at the numbers. You can see them here:
    https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/coronavirus-contextualized-6th-edition-exploring-through-data-covid-19-in-nevada-and-beyond
    Long story short, it appears that the number of positive tests is declining, as well as the number of hospitalizations. Both of these are benchmarks that need to be met before Nevada can reopen.




    Health Official says data, not public pressure, will guide the decision to reopen
    https://www.nevadacurrent.com/blog/health-official-data-not-public-pressure-will-guide-decision-to-reopen/



    Wynn Keeps Employees on the Payroll, Sees possible opening date for Memorial Day
    https://www.cdcgamingreports.com/paying-it-forward-wynn-keeps-employees-on-the-payroll-ceo-sees-potential-lv-reopening-by-end-of-may/



    I thought some might be interested in this Op-Ed, How to Socially Distance yourself from Misinformation
    https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/how-to-socially-distance-yourself-from-misinformation

    That's it for now. I'll update later when we know what the Governor says in his press conference at 3pm.
     
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    I've got a few updates while the Governor finishes taking questions...

    Circa Sports Introduces Curbside Betting at Golden Gate
    https://www.8newsnow.com/news/local-news/circa-sports-introduce-curbside-sports-betting-services-at-golden-gate-hotel-casino/



    The Nevada Gaming Commission has approved safety guidelines for casino reopenings
    https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/gaming-commission-approves-safety-guidelines-for-casino-reopenings



    Details of LV Raiders first games Leaking Online
    https://www.8newsnow.com/sports/oakland-raiders/details-of-las-vegas-raiders-first-games-leaking-online
     
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    Governor Sisolak is still taking questions, but I'll start posting anyway.

    While he was speaking, a staffer was doing a running live-tweet thread on Twitter. If you want to see it, you can find it here.

    In a nutshell...

    Nevada will begin a Phase One opening, this Saturday, May 9, 2020.

    He says that he's able to open up the state because they have met the benchmarks he outlined in his Roadmap to Recovery. He notes that the test positivity rate rate has decreased from 12.2% to 11.2%. (I would note that his own Roadmap to Recovery says "The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends no more than a 10% positivity rate before reopening.") He also cites that they have added millions of N95 masks and other PPE to their supply. Hospitals are out of danger of being overwhelmed. Nevada is also now able to test asymptomatic people for COVID-19, and hope to soon be able to test 4000 people per day. (So far they have tested about 50,000 out of 3 million people.)

    He then goes into what Phase One will look like.

    Restaurants: He still recommends curbside pickup or delivery. But restaurants can open for dine-in, if they meet strict distancing standards.
    • No more than 50% occupancy
    • Tables 6 feet apart.
    • Staff must wear masks.
    • Reservations only, no walk-ins.
    • People waiting, must wait outside.
    • Bars to remain closed in Phase One.
    • Casino Restaurants and Restaurants with gaming, must stay closed in Phase one

    Barbershops/Salons can open.
    • Chairs must be 6 feet apart
    • Partitions are recommended
    • Appointments only
    • Only one customer per stylist
    • Stylists must wear masks

    Retail can open, with limitations:
    • 50% occupancy maximum
    • Curbside and Online orders recommended
    • Open air malls may open, but indoor malls are to remain closed
    • Indoor Malls can do curbside pickup
    • Auto Dealers can open, but need to comply with 50% occupancy limits and by appointment only
    • Marijuana dispensaries can do curbside pickup, but also can do in store sales once they have clearance from the Marijuana Enforcement Division

    Face masks are recommended for all people out in public. Businesses are to require employees who come in contact with the public to wear masks.

    He encourages people to continue to stay home as much as possible to prevent spikes in transmission. He says all vulnerable people should continue to quarantine.

    Businesses that are NOT to open during Phase One:
    • Bars, nightclubs, taverns that do not currently or have a license to serve food
    • Gym and fitness facilities
    • Entertainment and recreation activities (bowling alleys, movie theaters, arcades)
    • Strip clubs and brothels
    • Spas, tanning salons, massage parlors, tattoo shops, piercing shops
    • Casinos

    He says "If we want to stay open, it’s up to us to continue the aggressive social distancing measures that allowed us to progress to this point. We must have more patience, so we have fewer patients. And if we continue to stay safe, we can stay open."


    He takes questions.

    A reporter asks if casinos will be open by Memorial Day weekend, as some have said they are working towards. Sisolak says that we will begin to open gaming establishments at the appropriate time. He does not want to guess on a date and is leaving it up to the state gaming division.

    Another reporter asked why he isn't requiring everyone wear masks. He notes violent protests over masks across the country. Notes how concerns he was for his wife's safety when armed protesters swarmed the Governor's Mansion last weekend. He adds that businesses can require their patrons wear masks. He says he would like everyone to wear masks.

    Social gatherings are still limited to no more than 10 people. He also suggested that maybe we should not visit mom on Mother's Day. Says he loves his mom too much to have dinner with her on Sunday.

    He also notes, "The beginning of the reopening of our economy is not the end of the coronavirus. It's still with us, as strong as ever. It will not go away until there is a vaccine."

    He says that the earliest Nevada could transition to Phase two would be on or around May 30th. He says he will update as the date gets closer. Notes that a spike in hospitalizations or deaths could result in a return to previous restrictions.


    Here is an LV Sun article on the press conference.

    https://lasvegassun.com/news/2020/may/07/governor-moving-up-first-phase-of-business-reopeni/


    Here is the Phase One Initial Guidance plan:
    https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Roadmap-to-Recovery-Phase-One-Initial-Guidance.pdf

    Here is the graphic for which businesses are NOT opening for Phase One:

    PhaseOne.jpg


    And that's all from the Governor about reopening Nevada for Phase One. No casinos yet, but it is possible they will be in Phase Two. We should get another update from the Governor about that before the end of the month.
     
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    Here is the Nevada Independent write up of the Phase One announcement from the Governor:
    https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/sisolak-says-businesses-can-start-reopening-saturday-subject-to-capacity-limits-and-other-restrictions



    Casinos Not Among Businesses Opening Saturday:
    https://www.nevadacurrent.com/2020/05/07/casinos-not-among-businesses-to-open-saturday/



    Megan Messerly sat down with Jim Murren to talk about the COVID Taskforce and his opinion about the future of Las Vegas
    https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/murren-details-30000-per-day-testing-goal-projects-las-vegas-will-see-a-quicker-recovery-than-most-other-places-in-the-u-s
    In the article he talks a bit about what he sees for the future in Las Vegas:



    DefCon has been cancelled.
    https://mashable.com/article/def-con-is-actually-canceled/



    I'm also sure you saw the thread that Roy Horn, of Sigfried and Roy, has passed away, due to complications of COVID-19.
    https://www.vegasmessageboard.com/forums/index.php?threads/rip-magician-and-vegas-legend-roy-horn.173451/




    Big thanks to @Texas Rock who shared this resource for tracking which local casinos are open/closed due to COVID-19

    https://www.americangaming.org/research/covid-19-casino-tracker/





    And one last article about why life during a pandemic seems so surreal
    https://www.wired.com/story/why-life-during-a-pandemic-feels-so-surreal/
     
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    I would like to start with some social media. Some of you keep trying to share/post about that letter circulating around Facebook that is supposedly a schedule of MGM Resorts properties to open into 2022. Several sources have called this a fake. I haven't found anyone with any knowledge saying it's real. Please stop spreading it.



    LasVegasLocally shared a photo on Twitter of a picture that he says is of Aria's new carpet and slot floor arrangement.

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    He also posted about Wynn's new thermal camera system being set up at entrances at Wynn/Encore:

    Wynn1.jpg

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    Governor Sisolak is on social media too. He has posted some industry specific guidelines for opening this weekend. He also has been trying to remind people that "As we begin to reopen in Nevada, it’s important to still take precautions against #COVID19. @NVHealthRespon1 has guidance posted for individuals and businesses."

    You can find them here - https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/




    From Howard Stutz, As Nevada Slowly Opens, Gaming Comeback Could Be A Long Road
    https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/as-nevada-slowly-reopens-gaming-comeback-could-be-a-long-road



    Despite Getting the Green Light, Many Vegas Businesses in No Rush to Reopen
    https://vegasinc.lasvegassun.com/business/2020/may/08/despite-green-light-vegas-business-no-rush-reopen/


    Frequent Visitor Hopes Las Vegas will be as Fun as it Has Been
    https://www.reviewjournal.com/business/business-columns/inside-gaming/frequent-visitor-hoping-las-vegas-will-be-as-fun-as-it-has-been-2024756/



    South Korea, Hailed for Pandemic Response, Backtracks on Reopening After COVID-19 Cases Jump
    https://www.newsweek.com/south-korea-hailed-pandemic-response-backtracks-reopening-after-covid-19-cases-jump-1502864



    And before you go rushing back to the casino, please educate yourself about this virus. It is nothing to be dismissed or diminished. It is a powerful illness and we don't yet know the long term effects of getting COVID-19.

    "Finally, A Virus Got Me", Scientist Who Fought Ebola and HIV Reflects on Facing Death from COVID-19
    https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/05/finally-virus-got-me-scientist-who-fought-ebola-and-hiv-reflects-facing-death-covid-19#


    In 10 weeks, we have gone from zero deaths to almost 80,000 in the US. We still don't have widespread testing of non-symptomatic people and there is no way to track the people who have come into contact with a newly positive person. This could get slippery if we open up everything again too fast. Please be safe out there.
     
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    Acres: Technology can be used to meet slot machine cleaning requirements
    https://www.cdcgamingreports.com/acres-technology-can-be-used-to-meet-slot-machine-cleaning-requirements/




    Western States Will Help Nevada Form Plan for Sports Returning
    https://lasvegassun.com/news/2020/may/11/sisolak-western-states-will-help-nevada-form-plan/




    Wynn Resorts offers exclusive VIP package to raise funds for ALL IN Challenge
    https://www.8newsnow.com/news/local-news/wynn-resorts-offers-exclusive-vip-package-to-raise-funds-for-all-in-challenge/




    And lastly, I saw this article from Washington Post this weekend and thought some of you might be interested in knowing more about how this virus attacks the human body.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/05/10/coronavirus-attacks-body-symptoms/
    Doctors keep discovering new ways the coronavirus attacks the body
    Damage to the kidneys, heart, brain — even ‘covid toes’ — prompts reassessment of the disease and how to treat it

    Symptoms can include:

    symptoms.JPG


    I am not a scientist, obviously, but I found that article informative. And a little scary. Please be careful out there and do what you need to do to avoid catching this thing.
     
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    EDC Announces their Online Rave
    https://www.8newsnow.com/news/local-news/details-announced-for-edc-las-vegas-virtual-rave-a-thon/

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    MLB Owners Okay Plan that Could Lead to July Start
    https://apnews.com/6195fbe572aa83a0616053e9133a8551




    LVRJ photographer kmcannonphoto posted this photo on his Twitter of the new Apache sign going in downtown.
    https://twitter.com/kmcannonphoto/status/1259879179350245380

    Apache.jpg




    Venetian/Palazzo Issues Reopening Statement
    https://www.8newsnow.com/news/local-news/venetian-resort-las-vegas-issues-reopening-statement/

    Here is the announcement:



    Caesars Announces Phased Opening on Quarterly Call

    Couple of different articles on this one.

    https://www.8newsnow.com/news/local-news/caesars-will-reopen-properties-in-phases-based-on-demand-lost-66m-in-1q/


    https://lasvegassun.com/news/2020/may/11/all-employees-will-wear-masks-when-casinos-reopen/


    https://www.cdcgamingreports.com/caesars-plans-casino-reopenings-in-three-states-announces-health-and-safety-program/

     
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    Lots of updates today.

    Louisiana to enter Phase I of coronavirus reopening, but 'It’s not mission accomplished'
    https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/coronavirus/article_ff5be800-939b-11ea-a93e-4b25026b037b.html?214




    Boyd Gaming Might Not Open Downtown Casinos
    https://vegas.eater.com/2020/5/11/21254610/boyd-gaming-may-not-reopen-las-vegas-casinos-cal-main-street-station-fremont-coronavirus-pandemic




    ElDorado CEO Looking Forward to Closing Ceasars Deal by end of June
    https://www.cdcgamingreports.com/eldorado-ceo-looking-forward-to-closing-17-3b-caesars-deal-by-end-of-june/




    MGM Releases Their Plan for Reopening
    https://www.cdcgamingreports.com/mgms-seven-point-health-and-safety-plan-includes-mandatory-usage-of-ppe-other-measures/

    Here is the video of Hornbuckle's Today Show Appearance:
    https://www.today.com/video/mgm-resorts-ceo-describes-the-future-of-las-vegas-casinos-83327045910

    And you can find an overview of the MGM Plan here:
    https://www.mgmresorts.com/en/covid-19/seven-point-safety-plan.html

    And the full 19 page document here:
    https://static.mgmresorts.com/content/dam/MGM/corporate/corporate-initiatives/safely/seven-point-safety-plan.pdf

    Here is the basic plan:

    OVERVIEW: MGM RESORTS’ SEVEN-POINT SAFETY PLAN

    The full report, including detailed protocols, procedures and operational enhancements can be found HERE.

    These protocols and procedures focus on balancing the customer service guests have come to expect from MGM Resorts with the urgent need to apply knowledge about COVID-19 and adapt environments accordingly. This plan is being implemented at MGM Resorts’ properties throughout the United States, with additions and changes being made based on local jurisdictions.

    MGM Resorts’ Seven-Point Safety Plan is as follows:

    1. Screening, Temperature Checks and Employee Training: MGM Resorts has implemented employee-screening measures to assess signs and symptoms of infection and whether the employee resides or cares for someone who has recently been diagnosed with the virus. Employees are currently and will continue to go through temperature checks before entering properties.

      Guests will be asked to abide by a similar self-screening protocol prior to arriving and during their stay. Guests who have reason to believe they may have been exposed to the virus are strongly urged to follow CDC guidelines for self-quarantine and not travel. We will look forward to welcoming those guests once the self-quarantine period is complete.
    2. Mandatory Masks and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): All MGM Resorts employees will be provided and required to wear an approved mask when on our properties. We will also strongly encourage guests to wear masks in public areas and offer masks to any guests who need one, free of charge. Gloves will continue to be worn by employees who require them to do their jobs, such as food handlers and employees who clean public areas. Additional categories of employees required to wear PPE will be identified by medical experts.
      • Drink service: We will ask guests to minimize the amount of time masks are removed when drinking on the casino floor.
      • Eating: We will ask guests to refrain from eating on the casino floor to minimize the amount of time masks are removed.
    3. Physical Distancing: Six-foot physical distancing policy will be in place, wherever feasible, with floor guides serving as reminders throughout MGM Resorts properties. From time-to-time, six-foot distancing will be challenging – and in those cases, reasonable mitigating protocols will be implemented, such as plexiglass barriers or eye protection for employees. Plexiglass barriers will be installed in areas throughout casinos and lobbies, where appropriate, for the safety of guests and employees. Signage will be installed throughout properties to guide employees and guests on how to safely practice physical distancing.
    4. Handwashing and Enhanced Sanitization: Prior to property closures in March, MGM Resorts implemented increased and enhanced routine cleaning, based on CDC guidelines, with a focus on high-touch surfaces in common areas. We will continue using proven cleaning products in accordance with EPA guidelines for coronaviruses, bacteria and other infectious pathogens. Electrostatic sprayers will be used in many large areas to allow us to apply disinfectant more efficiently.

      In addition, custom-built handwashing stations with soap and water, along with hand-sanitizing stations, will be readily available in high-traffic areas and with a visible presence. Signage will be installed to guide and remind employees and guests of the importance of proper handwashing protocols.
    5. Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Controls and Air Quality: MGM Resorts has always placed a high priority on air quality for our guests and has reviewed the operation of HVAC systems to identify additional opportunities to enhance their effectiveness. Rigorous measures in accordance with established guidelines to help mitigate the risk of virus transmission have been taken throughout our properties.

      As scientific information becomes available about the virus, and as additional guidance from state and local authorities and our medical experts evolve, we will continue to review and adjust the operation of our HVAC systems, fully recognizing the important role they have in keeping employees and guests healthy and safe.
    6. Incident Response Protocols: MGM Resorts has protocols in place aimed at reducing the chance infection will spread. In the unfortunate event a guest or employee tests positive for the virus, we will activate incident response protocols to ensure the infected individual has access to medical treatment, exposed areas are thoroughly sanitized and, when possible, notify those who may have come in close, prolonged contact with the infected individual. MGM Resorts has medical and security personnel on staff to respond quickly in the event of an incident.
    7. Digital Innovations: MGM Resorts is reimagining several aspects of the guest experience through technology to transition current processes into contactless options for guests that eliminates or reduces the need for waiting in line.
      • Contactless Check-In: Guests will have the ability to complete the check-in process entirely themselves through the MGM Resorts mobile app. This includes the ability to process payment, verify identification and obtain a digital room key, all through a mobile device. If preferred, physical keys will be available through self-serve key encoders. Employees will be available for guests who prefer check-in without using their mobile device, while still maintaining a line-reduced environment.
      • Food & Beverage: Digital menus will be available to view on personal mobile devices via QR code. Virtual queues will be in place for guests when immediate seating is unavailable. Guests will receive a text message notification when their table is ready.





    Nevada Has Met 2 of the 3 Criteria for Reopening
    https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/nevada-meets-two-of-three-reopening-criteria-under-new-coronavirus-model-though-testing-still-lags

    Here is the chart of the Positive Test Rate for Nevada. You can see that although they have dipped below the 10% threshold, I would not call that a bent curve quite yet.

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    I will continue this in the next post.
     
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    Broadway Theaters to Remian Closed Through Labor Day
    https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/12/us/broadway-coronavirus-closed/index.html



    "Cabin Fever" Leads to Big Opening Weekend in South Dakota
    https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/11/cabin-fever-leads-to-big-reopening-weekend-for-south-dakota-casinos.html

    Um... really? I don't see 6' between these people.
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    Container Park is reopening Thursday, May 14th.

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    Note that the Mantis and the Playground will remain closed.




    MotleyFool has an article about reopening Las Vegas.
    https://www.fool.com/investing/2020/05/12/las-vegas-strip-on-border-controls-and-the-subsist.aspx




    Anthony Fauci and other health experts testified before the Senate today. Here are some quotes:

    “If we skip over the checkpoints in the guidelines to: ‘Open America Again,’ then we risk the danger of multiple outbreaks throughout the country. This will not only result in needless suffering and death, but would actually set us back on our quest to return to normal.”
    --Fauci

    "Will this virus just disappear? ... That is just not going to happen, because it's such a highly transmissible virus. Even if we get better control over the months, it's likely there will be virus somewhere on this planet that will eventually get back to us." - Fauci

    "If you think that we have it completely under control, we don't ... I think we're going in the right direction, but the right direction does not mean we have by any means, total control of this outbreak." -- Fauci


    https://apnews.com/a05c32d9a76a535238779c7eb1504613



    Los Angeles County Officials Recommend Stay At Home Orders Be Extended Until August
    https://abc7news.com/los-angeles-shetler-in-place-la-county-sheltere-coronavirus-ca-covid-19/6176163/




    The Risks - Know Them - Avoid Them
    https://www.erinbromage.com/post/the-risks-know-them-avoid-them

    This was shared by a fellow VMBer. It's a good breakdown of the risks to this virus and how to avoid them.




    Wynn/Encore has updated their Plan for Reopening and released a new version. I have not had time yet to go through and compare the changes, but I hope to get to that soon. For those of you who are curious, here is the link:

    https://www.visitwynn.com/documents/Wynn-Health-Plan.pdf





    And last, but definitely not least. Are you looking for a new background for your Zoom Meetings? How about the Neon Museum?
    https://www.neonmuseum.org/the-collection/blog/neon-museum-zoom-backgrounds

    They have several backgrounds to choose from and instructions on how to set them up for use with Zoom.
     
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    Oops.. couple more.


    Arizona Casinos to Reopen May 15th:

    Harrah's Ak Chin in Arizona to open May 15th 9am.
    https://www.caesars.com/harrahs-ak-chin/casino/re-open


    Gila River and Wildhorse Pass will also open May 15th, but at 12 noon.
    https://playatgila.com/reclaim-your-fun/



    And another interesting article from Fodors Travel:
    What the Hell Is Happening in Vegas? Can It Actually Reopen Safely?
    https://www.fodors.com/world/north-america/usa/nevada/las-vegas/experiences/news/what-the-hell-is-happening-in-vegas-can-it-actually-reopen-safely

    The Publisher:
    The University Instructor:
     
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    Sorry, I ran out of time today to do this update, so I'm going without sleep, apparently. :)


    TI has released their plan for reopening:
    https://www.8newsnow.com/news/local-news/treasure-island-announces-health-safety-policies-ahead-of-tentative-may-22-reopening/

    They still have a tentative opening date of May 22nd, although they say that is subject to change.

    Here is the Guest Policies:
    More details on the plan can be found on their website here - https://treasureisland.com/COVID-19




    Penn National (Tropicana M Resort) Announce Opening Plans

    A letter was sent out to clients from Jay Snowden the CEO of Penn National Gaming.

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    Sorry if the images I got are a little hard to read. Basically he says that Louisiana might be the first to open on May 18th, but could be limited to 25% occupancy.

    Same basic health and safety plans. Social distancing, spacing markers in places people will need to line up. Buffets closed. Entertainment closed. Limited seating at tables, and spacing for slot machines. Employees required to wear masks, and guests "encouraged" to wear them.

    They also say they are extending rewards benefit period so you get a full 12 months. But that's about the extent of the details on that in the letter.




    Nacho Daddy is Requiring Employees to Sign a Waiver to Return to Work
    https://vegas.eater.com/2020/5/13/21256941/nacho-daddy-restaurant-covid-19-liability




    CET Has Released A Video To Assure Guests of Safety Measures
    https://www.8newsnow.com/news/local-news/caesars-entertainment-releases-video-to-assure-guests-of-safety-measures-being-taken/

    Here is the video:

     
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    Rampart Casino Lays Off Employees via Recorded Call
    https://www.reviewjournal.com/business/casinos-gaming/rampart-casino-lays-off-employees-with-recorded-phone-message-audio-2027681/

    I know I heard a few days ago that JW Marriott employees got a letter saying they are laid off, but this is a ... uh... choice. Not a great look for such a small casino.




    Travelers Upset over Airline Cancellations and Refunds
    https://www.8newsnow.com/news/local-news/travelers-upset-over-lack-of-airline-refunds-due-to-covid-19/




    Nevada Independent is taking their 7th look at the numbers in Nevada:
    https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/coronavirus-contextualized-7th-edition-exploring-through-data-covid-19-in-nevada-and-beyond

    The whole thing is worth a read to see where the Covid numbers are in Nevada. Nobody has a better set of graphics than NV Indy, IMO.




    And lastly for now, the CDC has an interesting case study they just published that might be of some interest to you.
    https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6919e6.htm

    The case involves a church choir in Washington State. Here is the summary:
    This is an alarming case. Out of 61 people at the two choir practices, 53 people were sickened, including one person who showed respiratory symptoms at the second practice.

    The report goes through their whole investigation and includes their recommendations given the facts of this case.

     
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    Uber Announces New Safety Procedures:
    https://www.8newsnow.com/news/local-news/uber-announces-new-safety-measures-amid-covid-19-pandemic/

    You can find more on their website here: https://www.uber.com/newsroom/your-second-first-trip/




    Wynn To Reopen Golf May 18th

    Here is what they posted on their Twitter:

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    And an article:
    https://www.8newsnow.com/sports/local-sports/wynn-las-vegas-golf-course-to-open-monday/




    McCarran Airport adds PPE Vending Machines:

    PPELAS.jpg

    These machines can be found in T1 ticketing and near the T3 TSA checkpoint.

    Prices are:
    Hand sanitizer: $4.25-$6.50
    10-pack alcohol wipes: $5.25
    Tissues: $3.50
    Reusable cloth mask: $14.50
    3-pack disposable mask: $7.50
    KN95 mask: $8.25
    4 pack disposable gloves: $4.50




    I hope some of you got to hear Dr Bright testify this morning.

    Dr. Bright: "We need to be truthful with the American people. Americans deserve the truth. The truth must be based on science. We have the world's greatest scientists. Let us lead. Let us speak without fear of retribution. We must listen. Each of us can and must do our part now."

    Dr. Bright: "We did not forewarn people. We did not train people. We did not educate them on social distancing and wearing a mask as we should have in January and February. All those...could have...saved more lives."

    https://www.8newsnow.com/news/local-news/virus-whistleblower-warns-of-darkest-winter-if-virus-rebounds/

    https://lasvegassun.com/news/2020/may/14/us-immunologist-warns-of-darkest-winter-if-virus-r/




    Someone sent this photo of a table at Hialeah Park, in Florida:

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    Nevada Gaming Control Board released guidelines for reopening Restaurants:
    https://gaming.nv.gov/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=16753

     
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    I posted this in another thread, but will repeat it here in case you didn't see it:

    Governor Sisolak has a press conference this afternoon to update Nevadans on the progress the state is making.

    He started off by saying that they have been in Phase One for a week and it will take at least two weeks for the data to show any effects of the early phases of opening.

    So far things are going well. Hospitalizations and positive tests are decreasing over the last 3 weeks. They are continuing to work on expanding testing in the state. "Our goal is to continue reopening more of Nevada's economy in a safe and responsible manner ... but it's too early to make any determinations."

    He says the majority of businesses are respecting the guidelines for reopening that he released. However, some are not and they are being watched by OSHA, regulators and authorities. He says that they are looking at taking action against noncompliance.

    He encourages everyone to stay home as much as they can and to wear masks whenever they are out in public. He tells the story of Ronald Pipkins, Nevada's first COVID-19 case - a veteran who was in a medically induced coma for about a month and wanted to be around to meet his grandchildren one day. He says that you should wear a mask, if not for yourself, do it for Ron. "Wear it as a sign of respect. Wear it as a sign of love for your fellow human beings. It is a selfless act."
    (I posted this article when it first came out in April, but here is Ronald's story if you missed it. https://www.reviewjournal.com/local/north-las-vegas/patient-zero-in-nevadas-covid-19-fight-mending-after-month-in-a-coma-2008589/)

    He was asked a question about whether casinos will be open for Memorial Day weekend. He said that they need to wait and see the data and they have no plans to open anything else in Phase One and it is too early to make any determination about when we can move to Phase Two.

    Here is Nevada Independent's article about the presser:
    https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/sisolak-initial-signs-following-phase-1-reopening-are-positive-but-no-timeline-on-moving-to-phase-2

     
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    This LA Times article predicts the future of Las Vegas, talking to some experts:
    https://www.latimes.com/travel/story/2020-05-14/vegas-reopening-cheap-rooms-fewer-people




    See How Easily COVID-19 Might Spread in a Restaurant or Buffet:
    https://www.8newsnow.com/coronavirus/see-how-easily-covid-19-might-spread-through-a-restaurant-in-this-black-light-experiment/

    This experiment in interesting to watch. They put a substance on the hand of one person, to mimic a sneeze into a hand. Then had a small buffet and then, after 30 minutes, turned on a blacklight to show how far the substance had spread.






    This photo from Hialeah Park Casino is making the rounds. I shared a smilar one yesterday.

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    This is apparently the set up for poker in their casino. This would be the maximum occupancy of 4 players and a dealer.




    Nevada Opens Casino Restaurants to Dine In with Restrictions:
    https://vegas.eater.com/2020/5/15/21259886/nevada-reopens-restaurants-inside-casinos-dine-in-service-restrictions-coronavirus-pandemic

    Today in his press conference, Governor Sisolak was asked if this means LV Strip restaurants are opening. He said that this is meant more for the smaller casinos in outlying areas, like Ely, where their restaurants may be the only ones in town. Now I'm hungry for some BBQ at the Cellblock Steakhouse in Ely's Jailhouse Casino.
     
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    And now for some pandemic news:


    Study Finds that Areas not using Masks and Social Distancing have a 35x more potential spread
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/05/15/social-distancing-study-coronavirus-spread/




    After rolling back shut down regulations, Texas reports single-day high in Coronavirus testing
    https://thehill.com/changing-america/well-being/longevity/497957-texas-reports-single-day-high-in-coronavirus-deaths-two




    I've seen several stories on this topic, but I think this is the first I'm seeing in the Las Vegas media market.

    CDC Warns About Childhood Illness Linked to COVID-19
    https://www.8newsnow.com/news/local-news/cdc-warns-about-childhood-illness-linked-to-covid-19/

     
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