Let gaming begin: Gamblers flock back to Las Vegas after coronavirus shutdown

Let gaming begin: Gamblers flock back to Las Vegas after COVID-19 shutdown

LAS VEGAS — When the clock struck 12:01 a.m. Thursday on the Las Vegas strip, casinos unlocked their doors.

It’s been 78 days since a hand of blackjack was dealt or a pair of dice was rolled because of the coronavirus pandemic at casinos in Nevada, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

Gamblers were hungry to hit the tables as crowds gathered waiting to get in, USA Today reported.

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Visitors said not much has changed in the casinos except for temperature checks and the offer of a mask, the Review-Journal reported. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees and above will not be able to go enter if they continue to have a high temperature after a 15-minute wait.

Resorts are also offering touchless arrivals like automatically opening doors and curbside check-in, the Las Vegas Sun reported.

Casinos were told to operate at a 50% capacity, according to the Review-Journal. Every other chair at slot machines were removed and limited spots were available at table games.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JUNE 04: Beth Toy of Nevada reacts after winning more than USD 4,000 on a video poker machine at the Red Rock Resort after the property opened for the first time since being closed on March 17 because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on June 4, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hotel-casinos throughout the state are opening today as part of a phased reopening of the economy with social distancing guidelines and other restrictions in place. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JUNE 04: Beth Toy of Nevada reacts after winning more than USD 4,000 on a video poker machine at the Red Rock Resort after the property opened for the first time since being closed on March 17 because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on June 4, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hotel-casinos throughout the state are opening today as part of a phased reopening of the economy with social distancing guidelines and other restrictions in place. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)