Las Vegas bouncing back to pre-corona virus pandemic levels

Published on : Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Las Vegas is gradually coming back to pre-corona virus pandemic levels, with increases in airport passengers and tourism. Casinos statewide raked in $1 billion in winnings last month for the first time since February 2020.

“I don’t believe anyone imagined this level of gaming win,” said Michael Lawton, senior Nevada Gaming Control Board analyst. 452 full-scale casinos in Nevada reported house winnings at the highest total since February 2013. Lawton called March 2021 as “the perfect storm for gaming activity in Nevada.”

Lawton said, “Demand was obviously a driver, in addition to capacity being increased to 50% on March 15 and the NCAA basketball tournament being played, after last year’s cancellation.”

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority launched a new advertising campaign on Monday, and said that it witnessed more than 2.2 million visitors in March.

McCarran International Airport witnessed almost 2.6 million passengers in March, going up 961,000 from about 1.6 million arriving and departing passengers in February.

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak, a Democrat, eased occupancy limits statewide from 35% to 50% on March 15, and plans to leave corona virus relaxation measures to local jurisdictions on May 1.

Sisolak has set a June 1 target of lifting all statewide restrictions except face coverings, which would still be required.

Many rural counties are planning to lift all restrictions except masks with effect from May 1. In Las Vegas, occupancy limits will be relaxed but not taken off completely this weekend at businesses including stores, spas, saunas and strip clubs.

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