LAS VEGAS (AP) — Another iconic Las Vegas Strip resort has joined casinos that have reopened since being closed in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
MGM Resorts International set The Mirage reopening for Thursday, ahead of the Labor Day holiday, with a statement calling the move a step toward economic health.
“Reopening The Mirage allows us to bring many more of our employees back to work, which is critical in the recovery of our community,” said Bill Hornbuckle, MGM Resorts’ CEO and president.
The more than 3,000-room resort is known for its Polynesian island theme, erupting volcano and Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat animal attraction. It set a megaresort standard when it first opened in November 1989.
Restaurants and retail shops will open this week but live entertainment including Cirque du Soleil’s “The Beatles LOVE” remains dark amid ongoing restrictions on crowd sizes in Nevada.
MGM Resorts reopened three resorts when Gov. Steve Sisolak and the state Gaming Commission lifted closure orders June 4. The company has since resumed operations at several other properties, but its Park MGM remains closed.
Caesars Entertainment has yet to reopen the Cromwell and Planet Hollywood.
The Palms and the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino near the Strip also remain closed.