The pandemic isn’t over but travel protocols are becoming less strict and many are already starting to prepare for their trips and getaways this year. We can tell that people are just so ready to visit their next destination as traveling during a pandemic could be more expensive, but many travelers are just really ready and willing to spend some more money.
It has been over a year since the pandemic started and many are excited to go to the beach, visit different landmarks, and even a Casino in India. After a year of stressful events, it would be great to be able to go to different places again and experience what things were like once again before the pandemic.
Many are looking forward to traveling internationally and one of the places that many are interested to visit is Sin City, Las Vegas. This could be because as of June 1, Las Vegas will be back to the pre-pandemic guidelines. This means that operations capacity limits will now be lifted as well as the social distancing requirements.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will now allow people who are already fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to go to indoor and outdoor settings without masks. However, those who are not yet vaccinated will still have to continue wearing masks or face coverings in public areas. This is only the case once you are in establishments in Las Vegas. Wearing masks is still required in health care settings, planes, buses, trains, and other forms of transportation, airports, buses, and train stations regardless of your vaccination status.
Las Vegas is slowly getting back to how it used to be
It was in March of last year when nonessential businesses in Las Vegas had to halt their operations to help lessen the spread of the COVID-19 virus. For the first time in forever, the famous neon-lit Strip looked dull and empty and this lasted a while.
In the summer of last year was when the city started to come back to life. However, there were a lot of changes, and people who were courageous enough to travel and see Las Vegas once again all felt like it wasn’t the same place. Hotels and casinos only operated at limited capacity and many establishments remain closed during that time.
Based on the report of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority or the LVCVA, it was in March of this year when the number of visitors doubled in just a month. In February, the city received a total of over 1.5 million visitors. The following month, the number doubled to over 2.2 million visitors.
Now that Las Vegas has lifted some pandemic protocols
Since the first of June, several casinos have already started to operate at full capacities like the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, the Strat, Wynn, and Encore. With that and the CDC’s less strict protocols, visitors will most likely see Las Vegas as lively as it used to be before the health crisis began.
You may start to see fewer people wearing masks or face coverings roaming around the city. Sidewalks may once again be crowded as well as the over and underpasses in the city. However, expect that there are still some safety measures implemented by different establishments like the use of plexiglass on some tables.
However, inside Wynn Las Vegas, almost all of the employees are already vaccinated. Employees and visitors are already going around maskless at the pool area and throughout the establishment. Plexiglass barriers on the tables are already gone too.
With less strict protocols, Las Vegas will surely go back to its liveliness in no time. Foot traffic is expected to increase this summer. The senior vice president of communications for LVCVA spoke about the travel demand this year.
Lori Nelson-Kraft said, "There's not only pent-up demand for travel but there's also pent-up demand for the unrivaled Vegas experience. We anticipate visitation to Vegas growing stronger with each passing month."
Las Vegas is ready to welcome tourists with new attractions too. During the pandemic, the LVCVA was able to complete a multi-million-dollar expansion to the Las Vegas Convention Center. Its completion adds another 1.4 million square feet of new space to the already 3.2 million-square-foot campus and this is called the West Hall.
The West Hall is on the Strip-side territory that was formerly occupied by the Riviera and Landmark hotels. This is the largest column-free space in North America and it is set to open this month at the World of Concrete, which is the first large-scale convention in the city since the shutdown.
Surely, many people are looking forward to seeing Sin City back to its glory days. Just remember to continue practicing simple safety measures like sanitation and frequent washing of hands despite the less strict protocols if you’re traveling whether it’s in Vegas or not.