Las Vegas Hotel Closures and Coronavirus / COVID-19
The Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19), is one the greatest shocks many of us have ever experienced. It has virtually shutdown the United States, including Las Vegas. On Tuesday, March 17th, 2020, after COVID-19 related deaths were reported in the state, Governor Steve Sisolak announced a total closure of all non-essential business in the entire state of Nevada, including schools and the Las Vegas Strip. All gaming hotels, casinos, restaurants, bars, and entertainment are part of the list. Further, group meetings of 10 or more people are also banned across the state. You are still allowed to go outside, but please keep a safe suggested 6 ft distance between other people. It is a temporary closure until April 30th, 2020. At that time places may open again if the situation allows it.
There is a major concern about COVID-19 spreading fast, which is why the state has mandated this unprecedented total shutdown. The only other time Vegas closed was for John F. Kennedy’s funeral in 1963 and it was closed for just part of the day.
Many people are asking about hotel bookings. You can still book a hotel at most places, but only for stays after April 30th, or later based on hotel policy. Many Vegas hotel deals are actually being provided as incentive and the hotels will give a full refund if they are not able to allow guests on your future booking date. However, you should check with the hotel before you book for the specific policies.
Some hotels that don’t have any gaming in them are still operating and providing limited meal service.
Outdoor activities in and around Vegas are for the most part still open, such as hiking, and visiting places further north, like the amazing Valley of Fire. However, visiting centers in most parks are not open. Make sure to keep a safe social distance between other people and avoid crowds whenever possible.
We will keep this page updated, so please check back for the latest changes. The extreme measures will hopefully make a difference and allow Vegas to resume business soon.