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Wynn Resorts CEO is calling for the conditional reopening of the Las Vegas Strip in mid to late May


Reuters:  Wynn Resorts chief executive officer Matt Maddox on Sunday urged the Nevada governor to begin reopening the Las Vegas Strip in mid to late May, with extensive security measures in place provided the state meets certain benchmarks spreading the corona virus around the country.

In an opinion pillar https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/a-plan-to-re-open-nevada, which was published on Nevada’s independent news website, Maddox, Governor Steve Sisolak said should be part of the local economy in early May to open again.

“Start with reduced occupancy, physical detachment, temperature controls, and no large gatherings,” wrote Maddox. “We all have to wear a mask.”

He also laid down Wynn’s health and safety guidelines for reopening, including a maximum of four people allowed to travel in an elevator at the same time. Guests must enter the resort through doors that are either opened, automated, or operated manually by an employee.

Sisolak ordered that all state casinos and other non-essential businesses be closed for 30 days from March 18. He extended the order until April 30 and said last week that he had no specific date for the reopening of nonessential businesses.

According to Reuters, the United States has by far the largest number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide with more than 730,000 infections and over 39,600 deaths. In Nevada, at least 3,725 people with the corona virus and 155 deaths have been confirmed.

Wynn Resorts – owner and operator of Wynn Las Vegas, Encore Boston Harbor, Wynn Macau and Wynn Palace in Cotai – closed its U.S. real estate on March 15th and 17th.

Wynn’s Macau casinos reopened on February 20 after a mandatory industry-wide two-week shutdown. It and other casinos resumed operations with government-imposed restrictions, including temperature checks, fewer open tables on the casino floor, and rules against standing or gathered guests.

While the coronavirus epidemic was temporarily stopped in China, it is spreading from cities to suburbs and rural areas in the United States.

US President Donald Trump, who has been pushing to end government-mandated home stay orders, last week set federal government guidelines for states to reopen their economies in a staged, three-step approach.

Health experts have warned that in order to avoid a second wave of infection after resuming activity, extensive infection, contact, and antibody testing must be available.

According to Maddox, Wynn will pay all of its hired, part-time, and hourly North American employees by May 15, costing the company approximately $ 3 million a day or $ 180 million for two months.

(Reporting by Helen Coster; editing by Grant McCool)