Showgirls in Las Vegas entered the era of the corona virus on Thursday by wearing masks at the grand reopening of Bally’s hotel and casino after a four-month shutdown.
The dancers put on a show at the entrance to the resort in Vegas, with blue face covering to match their costumes – and were accompanied by an Elvis impersonator.
Bally’s closed its doors on March 18 when coronavirus cases got out of hand in the US and finally reopened yesterday, welcoming tourists back into a suite of bars and restaurants along with the pool.
Masks are mandatory and there are limits on the number of blackjack and roulette players as Las Vegas tries to reopen its economy despite being cited as a high risk area by the White House.
Grand reopening: Las Vegas show girls added blue masks to their elaborate outfits last night as they returned to work at Bally’s hotel and casino after the four-month shutdown of the corona virus
Special guest: Some Vegas showgirls pose for a photo with an Elvis impersonator at Bally’s entrance yesterday. The hotel and casino closed their doors on March 18 due to the coronavirus pandemic
Entertainment: The show girls wear their masks on the casino floor, where slot machines have been rearranged to allow for social distance and some card games have a limited number of players
Guests are required to wear masks except while eating or drinking, a policy that has already enraged a visitor who refused to lounge by the pool with her face covered in 100F heat.
“You have to wear a mask, so we didn’t go to the pool. I don’t know who made that rule. What an idiot, “JaNeed Bird said to Reno Gazette Journal.
Bird said she and her husband Rick are “very loyal” visitors to Vegas, but said it was “not so much fun” due to coronavirus restrictions.
Bally’s has also reduced the capacity on the casino floor to allow ‘appropriate social distance’, while guests are not allowed to ‘meet’ around a table to watch a card game unfold.
Blackjack is limited to three players, roulette is limited to four, and dealers have instructions on how to hand out disinfection to each player.
The cards will be replaced more often than before the pandemic, while high-touch items like dice and chips are routinely disinfected, managers say.
Welcome Back: Guests wearing masks arrive at the grand re-opening party of Bally’s Las Vegas on Thursday as the resort opens its doors for the first time in four months
Celebration: Confetti flies in the air as Bally’s masked showgirls line up around a series of Caesar’s Entertainment officials at the hotel entrance, while the Elvis impersonator now wears a mask
Masked: Gary Selesner, the regional president of Caesar’s Entertainment, is watched by one of the showgirls as he speaks at the grand reopening ceremony on Thursday
Resort owner Caesar’s Entertainment says additional hand sanitizer stations have been added throughout the hotel, with disinfectant gel also added to casino tables.
Slot machines have also been rearranged to allow for social distance, while signs have been marked to indicate where people should queue.
The White House member, Dr. Deborah Birx named Las Vegas one of a series of coronavirus problems this week, along with cities like Baltimore, New Orleans, Cleveland, Indianapolis, and Miami.
City officials say they are already stepping up control efforts, including a team of 50 two-person teams to ensure compliance with the masking and social distance rules.
Plans are also underway to set up virus test sites throughout the city, including in the conference room in the center of Cashman Center.
Clark County peaked in virus cases in July, with a total in the county to 34,209 from 18,645 in late June. There are 580 deaths in the county, which accounts for most of Nevada’s 709 fatalities.
Nevada as a whole confirmed another 1,262 cases of coronavirus yesterday, bringing the total to 39,919.
At least 878 people are currently hospitalized with the disease, while another 258 are suspected, while 306 people are currently in intensive care with Covid-19.
Performance: Some of the showgirls put on a show at the reopening party at Bally’s 0 on Wednesday, while others head to the building entrance
Pose: The show girls in front of a couch at the Bally’s casino, where dealers have been told to hand out hand sanitizer and guests are not allowed to gather around a table
Environment: Vegas city officials (where the Bally’s building is pictured) say they are already stepping up containment efforts, including a team of 50 two-person teams to ensure compliance with the masking and social distance rules