Caesars Entertainment Plots Reopening of Caesars Palace

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 Andy Snyder

Keith Urban greets fans during a show at Caesars Palace’s Colosseum in Las Vegas on Jan. 17, 2020.

When Nevada officials give the green light for casinos to reopen, Caesars Entertainment Corporation says that the Flamingo will be among the first to open.

The casino and entertainment operator also said Harrah’s and the gaming floor at LINQ would open soon after, depending on timing and customer demand.

Caesars Palace and the Flamingo will offer hotel rooms, restaurants and gaming, all observing physical distancing guidelines, though live entertainment and bars will not be resume immediately. When shows do return, they’ll run in a manner consistent with physical distancing guidelines, a statement reads.

“Reopening Las Vegas in a phased approach will be a significant milestone for Caesars Entertainment as the country continues to emerge from this necessary closure period,” said Tony Rodio, CEO of Caesars Entertainment in a statement. “We are excited to welcome guests and our employees back to our properties. We are grateful for the efforts of those on the front lines addressing this public health emergency.”

Rodio adds, “We are hopeful that the country’s continued progress in addressing COVID-19 and business conditions will allow us to reopen more of our properties and bring back more of our colleagues as it is appropriate to do so.”

Caesars announced April 2 it would temporarily shut down its properties, which include the 4,300 capacity Colosseum theater, due to COVID-19 crisis. Since then, the towering Caesars Palace has kept its doors closed for the first time in more than half a century and approximately 90% of the group's employees were furloughed.

Country star Keith Urban opened the remodeled Colosseum with a pair of dates last September on his Graffiti U Tour. The complex also includes the OMNIA Nightclub, which has hosted sets from the likes of Calvin Harris, Martin Garrix and Zedd.

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