andalay Bay, The Mirage and Park MGM will resume 24/7 hotel operations on The Strip effective March 3, MGM Resorts said Wednesday.
All three properties had moved to selective mid-week closures late last year due to declining visitation amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The company now says that increased interest in travel to Las Vegas has led the company to return to full schedules.
"As we begin to see positive signs around the public’s sentiment about traveling, coupled with important progress on the vaccination front and decreasing COVID-19 case numbers, bringing Mandalay Bay, Park MGM and The Mirage back to full-week operations is an important step for us," MGM CEO Bill Hornbuckle said in a press release. "We remain optimistic about Las Vegas’ recovery and our ability to bring employees back to work as business volumes allow us to do so."
As vaccinations start to increase and cases decline, state officials are raising capacity limits for large gatherings and casinos. Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak recently announced he's rolling back COVID-19 restrictions set in November that limited casino capacity to 25%.
On Monday, capacity limits began to roll back in phases. Casino floors are now limited to 35% capacity. On March 15, businesses operating at 35% will be able to move to 50% capacity.
Indoor dining at restaurants and bars are capped at 35% capacity – but outdoor dining has no capacity limit. Reservations are no longer required, and the number of patrons allowed at a table has jumped from 4 to 6.
In 2020, COVID-19 travel fallout transformed Las Vegas from a global destination to a regional gambling hub dependent on drive-in business from California and Arizona. The lack of demand led MGM Resorts to shut down hotel operations during the midweek at the Mirage, Mandalay Bay and Park MGM resorts. “We are constantly evaluating occupancy levels and adjusting operations accordingly,” MGM Resorts said in a statement at the time.
MGM also recently announced several of its live entertainment shows will return to the stage in February and early March.