Countries all across the globe have stepped up restrictions to combat the deadly coronavirus. The virus has already claimed 7,175 lives so far. A total of 1,83,319 cases have surfaced till date, and 79,908 people have been recovered.
As the virus continues to pose a threat, MGM Resorts International has decided to halt operations temporarily for the time being at its Las Vegas properties. The decision will become effective, starting from today.
MGM Resorts has announced its decision to temporarily suspend operations at its Las Vegas properties until further notice, effective as of Tuesday, March 17. More information: https://t.co/uiEWL9I3wa pic.twitter.com/H5MozKGfzk
— MGM Resorts (@MGMResortsIntl) March 16, 2020
According to a statement shared by MGM Resorts International at its Twitter handle, casino operations have already been closed on March 16 that was followed by the closure of hotel operations.
The statement further stated that MGM Resorts would reopen its resorts as soon as it becomes harmless to do so. It has also assured to support its employees, guests, and communities during this hour of crisis.
Soon after the decision, Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts, said, the coronavirus pandemic continues to escalate in the United States. MGM Resorts tried to chalk out strategies in a bid to continue offering top quality hospitality and entertainment experiences to the guests while allowing employees to execute their jobs in a secure atmosphere. The employees of MGM Resorts have enormous pride in their work.
Amid this period of rising uncertainty all across the United States and the world, it becomes important to take steps to contain this pandemic. Meanwhile, all the Las Vegas properties shall be closed beginning from March 17 that is today, added Jim Murren.
Reports state that MGM Resorts will not take any more reservations for arrivals before May 1. Everyone has been asked to track www.mgmresorts.com for obtaining any latest updates.
Earlier, MGM Resorts temporarily closed the MGM Northfield Park property in Ohio and halted operations at all nightclubs and day clubs.