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Tell Me How It Is... For Real

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by Mrs. Sloppy, Jun 25, 2020.

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  1. Mrs. Sloppy

    Mrs. Sloppy Tourist

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    Have a trip planned end of July. For people that have gone or are there now with the new mask policy... Can you smoke? Are there drink servers at slot machines? Are there people there (pics I have seen it looks pretty dead)? Wondering what to expect. I miss Vegas but would like the whole experience, not a limited one.
     
  2. willslotforcash

    willslotforcash Low-Roller

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    For a trip that's at the end of July, there's no point in even discussing it. Things change by the day, let alone over a month from now.
     
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  3. Marky147

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    If you want the whole experience, I'd think you've got a chance in July 2021, not July 2020.
     
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  4. Sonya

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    I suggest you read the trip reports from people in town now. We'll see, starting tomorrow, how the new mask policy works in action. From what I understand from reading various sources, you can smoke, but you need to replace your mask between "puffs". Drinks are being served and you're asked to move your mask to take a drink and then put it back, you can't just stand around with a drink in your hand and your mask off. Crowd numbers are down. I've seen numbers that weekends are close to somewhere in the 50% range and more like 30% during the week.

    Everything is distancing. There are no shows. There are no nightclubs. Restaurants can have long waits if you don't have reservations. If you're looking for "normal" as in January 2020, I'm afraid those days are behind us, at least for the foreseeable future.
     
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  5. Elizakess

    Elizakess Low-Roller

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    I have been three time to casinos since June 5. I have never had issues getting a drink and in fact during the day the servers were eager. I tipped a dollar a drink. The vibe is not the same as it once was in many locations. No dayclubs or night clubs. Pools have become resort like with nice seating and drink service. If you aren’t looking for a club experience I thought it was nice. The rooms are open as usual and some of restaurants closed but enough selection you should be happy. There were few shows I saw operating. Was handed a flyer for a comedy one on Fremont. Many stores were open but not all for shopping. I went to outlet and Caesars. It’s not the packed lively atmosphere it once was walking around but it was worth it IMO.
     
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  6. Robin W

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    I would also suggest watching You Tube videos to see what it looks like. There a lot of vloggers that have covered the strip during the week and on the weekends since reopening.
     
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  7. HoyaHeel

    HoyaHeel Grammar Police & Admin

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    No live audiences are allowed in Nevada's current phase. How did they work around that??!!
     
  8. bull0120

    bull0120 High-Roller

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    I was there last week and had a good time. Stayed at NYNY for the first leg, DTG for the second leg. If you took off and left today...

    Yes, you can smoke. Yes, I was offered plenty of drinks. In fact, they came a little quicker than usual. Yes, there are people there.

    Here's the thing though, last week it was pretty dead. There's no other way to put it. The strip felt that way even more so just because the casinos are bigger. I had a decent time while I was at NYNY, but, the atmosphere was lacking, If my friend didn't decide to join me I may have considered coming home early. That was a Tuesday-Friday though. Friday when I moved downtown things felt a lot more normal and I had a much better time, part of that being I prefer staying downtown. The crowds picked up and by Friday night, things were going well. The only real difference for me was there were less seats at the bar and the bands weren't playing on the streets. All of the restaurants that I wanted to go to were open throughout the trip (both locations), the drinks were still flowing, and all in all I had a good enough time to book another trip at the end of July.

    I have no clue how things will be at the end of July, but, based on my last trip I personally don't have the expectation that it will be the whole experience it usually is when I go back next month. That's cool with me. I know what I like to do when I'm out there will be available. I guess my best advice would be look at the trip reports and the daily updates posted on here to see if what you want to do is an option. It's a tough call, but, I'm glad I ended up going. One thing you know going in is that you will be required to wear a mask. If that something you don't want to do, I would go ahead and cancel. I wore a mask during my last trip and it really isn't as big of an inconvenience as people think. Want a drink, pull it off one side and take a drink. Want to smoke, take it off and burn one. If you decide to go, I would recommend getting dinner reservations, especially if you are staying on the strip. I generally fly by the seat of my pants every time I go out there and never plan, but, I'm glad I at least put in the effort to lock down a few places to eat because otherwise it could have been a real pain in the ass.

    Haha seriously though, good luck with the decision. I wrestled back and forth with it all the way up until about two weeks before my trip.
     
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  9. bull0120

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    Also, a good place to check on the vibe is the Snapchat Maps if you have and use that app.
     
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    I have no idea as it went in the trash. There is no way in heck I’m going to a show of any kind right now even if available. I don’t even want to go to the movie theaters opening up. I wear a mask in casinos and feel fairly safe. However, I agree with you it’s not currently allowed. The thought never entered my head then I just thought it was like Slotzilla opening up and heck no for me on either.
     
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  12. Elizakess

    Elizakess Low-Roller

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    This is what I was handed a flyer for;
     

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    Ah, looks like a flyer that *speculated* they'd be able to do shows by July 4.
     
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  14. Mrs. Sloppy

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    Thanks everyone. I have been reading trip reports...

    We like to be degenerates and drink and gamble too much. I am not debating the mask thing, but it seems like it will be a pain with drinking (and not to mention constantly touching your mask/face with your hands because I want to drink copious amounts LOL).

    Guess I will still be contemplating. We have a group of 6 going so that is my other "concern".

    I know a lot of things can change in a month, but with numbers going up my worry is things will not be opening as quickly as they thought.

    I just want my Vegas fix. We were supposed to go for the NFL draft in April so when we rescheduled we were so hoping this nightmare would better by the end of July. So sad on so many levels.
     
  15. Sonya

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    I'm all for being hopeful, but science hasn't ever indicated this is going to just go away. The Spanish Flu was from Feb 1918 through April 1920.

    In order for us to be able to go back to "normal" we need to develop a successful vaccine, test it thoroughly, and somehow produce and distribute it to enough of the 330 million people in the US (while competing with other countries that want it too) that we can obtain protection from the virus. Early predictions, even the most optimistic, was that the vaccine would take a minimum of 18 months.

    Now there is some hopeful talk about having a vaccine approved by the end of this year, but I think that might be too optimistic. Dr. Fauci did say one was possible next year. I'm keeping my fingers crossed, because pandemics suck, but we have to be realistic on some level about the world we live in right now.
     
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    Sonya.....spot on. I've gotten into several arguments with friends that think all this will just evaporate or disappear. I've begun to realize that I may, never again, enjoy Vegas like before or even board a plane headed to anywhere in the world. At my advanced age I'm hoping that's not the case but science and the reports from the health experts say otherwise. I've cancelled 2 trips so far and I'm hoping my last scheduled trip is a go. But I'm not optimistic at all.
     
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  17. Westside Waltz

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    Thank you Sonya, it is what it is. Not just Vegas but even where we live. I enjoy reading the trip reports and growing the forums but I have no desire to return any time soon and I used to go once every three weeks.
     
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    hotreds Illegitimi non carborundum!

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    Thought it might be good to have a thread with recent Vegas visitors to write down their reactions. I am supposed to go in about three weeks, still a bit up in the air. Would love to hear some "on the ground" reports from those that braved the opening!
     
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    I live here. Drove the strip today from the welcome sign to circus circus just to see what is going on and if people follow the new rules of mask wearing. Hmmm... maybe 40% of the people wear mask. Nobody there to enforce it which is bad for the city. Considering we are in the middle of a pandemic there were lots of people.
     
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  20. ardee

    ardee It's only money.

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    There's lots of live Vegas trip reports up right now that might be able to help you with what you're looking for @hotreds.
     
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