Whether it was in the era of Elvis or the heyday of gorgeous rock in the 80s, Las Vegas always sold nostalgia shamelessly.
Now, the city is most eager for the days of 2019—the time before the coronavirus pandemic plunged it into the worst crisis in its 116-year history.
On Fremont Street, the historic center of the Golden Age of Las Vegas, you would think Coronavirus disease It never happened. Hundreds of people crowded on a live music stage, and a pretty good Bon Jovi cover sounded.
In the front, 21-year-old Felicity Shoars used a fan to cool herself down with the words “Fuck”-she said, her attitude towards the pandemic.
“The fun is worth the risk. We had a great time here.”
Around a bar in the iconic Golden Nugget, there is a similar determination to return to normal. But there is also evidence that the United States has reacted unbalancedly to Covid-19 and the differences that allowed the Delta variant to gain a foothold.
51-year-old Christina and Kevin Engel from Baltimore celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary here, although technically speaking, after having to postpone last year’s trip, it is now them It’s 26th anniversary. “We feel very comfortable,” Christina said, and she, her husband and her son were all vaccinated as soon as possible.
Two seats, 58-year-old Sandy Nelson from Kentucky declared the epidemic to be “nonsense.” “I don’t plan to get vaccinated,” she said.
In the middle of all this, a 28-year-old bartender said that he was hesitant to vaccinate, implying some false information spread on the Internet. He hopes that more customers will wear masks. “We have people from Florida and we have people from Texas,” he said. He said, “Tell a drunk person four or five times a day” to cover up already tired, let alone dangerous.
From June 1st, it is no longer necessary to wear masks because Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak ended the state’s regulations requiring people to wear masks when gathering indoors. Now it’s back again.
“I know you are upset,” Sisolak, a Democrat, said at a press conference last week because of the surge in cases. “Me too. The last thing I want to do is get the Nevadas to put on their masks again.”
He argued that this is a step back, although it has not yet fully returned to square one. In the worst days of the pandemic, there will be no reintroduction of capacity restrictions or any other restrictions that would cause the number of tourists to plummet. In April 2020, the number of tourists dropped from approximately 3.5 million in the same month of 2019 to just 106,900.
According to data from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Administration, in April this year, the number of tourists has recovered to slightly more than 2.5 million.
But the Delta variant is imminent, and it may ruin the “Roaring Twenties” that some people predict Las Vegas Once Covid was defeated.
According to the Nevada Gaming Control Commission, from April to June, casinos on the Las Vegas Strip recorded the highest gambling revenue since 2006. Although international tourists stay longer and spend more, they have not yet return.
The money invested in slot machines—a gambling option away from society—has never been as high as it is now.
Including casinos across the state, this house set a monthly revenue record of $1.23 billion in May.
“I didn’t see it coming,” said Michael Lawton, a senior economic analyst with the Gaming Commission. “This is a very drastic descent, but it looks like a very drastic climb, returning to our original position.”
What still lags behind is the return of business guests, who usually stay in the low period from Sunday to Thursday.
In early June, the return of “Concrete World” marked the first major Trade fair Since the beginning of the pandemic-not only in Vegas, but in the entire country. Organizers said that it attracted “tens of thousands” of guests and was seen as a turning point here.
“The exhibitors are very excited,” said Lori Nelson-Kraft, communications director of LVCVA. “They have got high-quality attendees and the transaction is being completed. But until the economy fully recovers, the attendance will only decrease.”
This recovery will require a return to the labor force. As in many parts of the United States, staff shortages have put pressure on Las Vegas, where demonstrating capabilities often obscures the arduous logistics work going on behind the scenes.
In many hotels, this means shorter restaurant hours and fewer tables. In a city that is almost impossible to walk-where the temperature often exceeds 40 degrees Celsius-taxi stands are often empty, and ride-sharing applications may have to wait 20 minutes or more-if a car can even be found.
The Culinary Union, which represents 60,000 workers in Las Vegas and Reno, blamed the shortage on the resort, not the impact of stimulating inspections or safety issues, as others have said.
“This is not because of the lack of workers who want to work,” said Bethany Khan, the head of union communications at the local 266 branch. “It’s that the company did not recall workers to return to work.”
In Las Vegas, it’s difficult to implement basic hygiene measures. It’s an economy that revolves around getting people to unite closely on the basis of rolling dice tables, performing or squeezing into nightclubs.
Although you can see some heroic efforts, trying to introduce strict distances and additional hygiene measures may eliminate some of the Vegas spirit. At the Westgate Resort, Barry Manilow is about to hold a performance, and guests are told that as long as they can sing a “Copacabana” chorus, they must wash their hands.
If the city can avoid closing again, the locals will be optimistic about its future. During the pandemic, several new projects moved forward unhindered, including the opening of a 60,000-seat stadium, now home to the Las Vegas Raiders football team that recently relocated from Oakland.
On Fremont Street, the adult-only luxury Circa Hotel opened in October, becoming the first purpose-built casino in the “historic” Las Vegas in 40 years. It has been a huge blow, at least among those who can visit. The British ID of the “Financial Times” reporter was the first one seen by the doorman. Before the return of the world revellers, the roar of the 20s in Las Vegas will be put on hold.