Vegas sees better times a year after the pandemic

Published on : Thursday, May 6, 2021

A year after the corona pandemic impacted tourist-dependent Nevada and drove its unemployment rate to around 30%, things have started to look better, said U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen.


Rosen, a Nevada Democrat, toured the New York-New York casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip and nearby T-Mobile arena as part of her work chairing a new Senate subcommittee aimed towards tourism and travel.


Rosen said, “I think everyone is feeling hopeful. They’re feeling excited. People feel positive about moving forward, safely, and trying to take care.”


The senator spoke to reporters from a lounge in the arena overlooking the ice rink where the Vegas Golden Knights play. Rosen was led on the tour by arena vice-president and general manager Dan Quinn.


Rosen said that while businesses need to take precautions to make sure that people can come back safely, she’s apprehensive about government requirements for “vaccine passports,” certificates that are proof that someone is vaccinated against COVID-19.


“We’re going to have to find a good way to compromise and protect everyone. I’m not sure a passport is the way to go forward. I think that we can do a lot of other things to build consumer confidence to reconvene,” Rosen said.


Rosen said her casino tour included a visit to the front desk, where guests can now use contactless, digital check-in and digital room keys.


Rosen, who once worked as a waitress at Caesar’s Palace, also toured a health centre for the casino workers’ Culinary Union.

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