Las Vegas Casino Operators Relaunch Live Entertainment at Certain Venues
By Tom Nightingale
October 26, 2020
Amid the backdrop of COVID-19, certain casino operators and properties in Las Vegas are beginning to feel confident enough to relaunch their live entertainment programs.
Caesars Entertainment, calling itself the first to return, announced its offerings began on October 22 with a performance of X Country at Harrah's, the first casino show in front of a live audience for over seven months.
Further programming will follow including ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace starting on Wednesday, Oct. 28, Piff the Magic Dragon at Flamingo from Thursday, Oct. 29, and Tape Face at Harrah's beginning Wednesday, Nov. 11.
Additionally, a release notes that guests can look forward to enjoying complimentary live musicians across Vegas in many Caesars lounge/bar offerings.
"Live entertainment is an important part of the Las Vegas experience that makes visiting this city so special, and we are thrilled that we can be first to offer it to our guests again," said Jason Gastwirth, president of entertainment for Caesars.
Gastwirth added: "This is something we’ve been preparing for, for months, and as soon as we could get a show up and running when it was allowable, we would look to do so."
Caesars stresses it will follow guidelines put forth by health and government authorities and implement enhanced health and safety protocols like verbal health screenings for guests, non-contact temperature checks, modified seating for social distancing, mandatory masks for guests and staff, and limited capacity, among others. Current Nevada guidelines limit capacity to 250 people or 50% of a venue's capacity, whichever is lower.
Meanwhile, MGM Resorts isn't far behind.
The resort announced it will be starting its live shows again from November 6, including renowned magician David Copperfield at the David Copperfield Theatre, Brad Garrett's Comedy Club, and Carrot Top.