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Las Vegas Advisor: New restrictions limit capacity at casinos, restaurants

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In response to escalating COVID-19 infection rates in Nevada, capacity limits at casinos, restaurants and bars have been reduced to 25% from 50%.

Among other newly ordered restrictions, restaurants can seat patrons only if they have reservations and no more than four diners are allowed per table; masks are required at all times, indoors and out; and the maximum size of public gatherings, which was recently raised to 250, has been cut back to 50 again, which will crush the recent revival of live entertainment.

The mandate is being referred to as a “pause,” and it stops short of a complete shutdown; however, more severe measures are threatened if the limits aren’t adhered to. The new rules will be in effect for three weeks.

MBay and Mirage closing weekdays: The hotel rooms at Mandalay Bay and the Mirage are the latest to close Monday through Thursday nights. The casinos, restaurants and other venues will remain open for the usual hours. The two Strip casinos join Park MGM, Encore and Palazzo in closing midweek.

Donny returning: Almost a year to the day of the last performance with his sister Marie after an 11-year run in the Flamingo Showroom, Donny Osmond has announced a new Strip residency. “Donny in Vegas” will play 40 dates at Harrah’s; however, the show won’t begin until Aug. 31, under the belief that the pandemic will be under control by then. Tickets will start at $65 (plus taxes and fees).

Holiday nog: For the 18th straight year, Ellis Island is serving its homemade eggnog (contains alcohol). Get it at the bar for $7 per glass and $35 per bottle.

Question: Do Las Vegas’ capacity reductions also apply to the casino hotels?

Answer: No, the reductions don’t apply to hotels; however, as explained above, several are restricting themselves by closing midweek. Even with those closings, there’s no problem getting a room and rates are dropping as they always do during the holidays.

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