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Visitation is down in Las Vegas and some Strip properties are planning layoffs and furloughs. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

When Governor Steve Sisolak announced in May that Nevada was moving into Phase Two of reopening and that hotels and casinos could reopen, it seemed that Las Vegas roared back to life, especially over the Memorial Day and Fourth of July holidays. Reality has now set in. As coronavirus cases are spiking across the country including here in Nevada, visitation to Las Vegas and on the Strip is noticeably down. Some hotels are warning that furloughs and layoffs could become necessary to offset reduced visitor volume. Some resorts are also scaling back the times when restaurants and other amenities within their properties are open. Las Vegas Sands Corp. for example announced earlier this week that the Palazzo hotel tower won’t accept midweek room reservations. Wynn Resorts announced that it will be furloughing some employees, effective this week. The Tropicana hotel announced it’s reopening date of Sept. 1 but is already notifying employees of possible layoffs and Circus Circus Hotel and Casino says it will layoff 252 employees effective Sept. 1. Hotel executives say they’re doing everything they can to encourage visitors to come to Vegas but coronavirus fears are putting a damper on people’s desire to travel.

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