Wynn and Encore Hotels in Las Vegas Closing Amid Coronavirus Concerns

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The Wynn Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

The Wynn and Encore hotels are temporarily closing over fears about the spread of coronavirus, according to a memo from Wynn chief executive Matt Maddox obtained by Billboard.

The closure, which is set to happen Tuesday (March 17) and end on April 1, is the first major hotel shutdown on the Las Vegas Strip and is expected to lead to other hotel property closures.

"In order to keep you and your families as safe as possible, I have decided to close Wynn Las Vegas and Encore," Maddox wrote in the Sunday (March 15) letter to employees. "We will close to the public at 6 p.m., and then work to internally shut down our operations."

By Wednesday, the hotel "will operate with a reduced staff to keep the building secure," Maddox wrote, informing employees that some will be required to briefly report to the property while others will be able to work from home.

On Saturday (March 14), Maddox sent a video memo to staff warning of rolling closures within the Wynn properties and advising that all full-time employees will get pay.

The hotel has already closed its race and sports book and its poker room, as well the buffets, nightclubs and theaters for its properties in both Las Vegas and Boston.

Billboard reached out to a representative of the Wynn for comment and did not receive a response, but will update the story if one becomes available.


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