MGM Resorts International recently announced that it is returning all of its Strip casinos to 100%, but visitors should be ready for additional fees. The casino operator also said that it will reinstate parking fees at its properties and expects gamblers to pay for its recovery.
MGM Resorts back in business
MGM Resorts has received permission from the Nevada Gaming Control Board to increase its gaming floors to 100 percent. It was just a few months after Las Vegas casinos could increase their capacities to 80 percent. Other areas of the company’s Vegas properties, such as restaurants and pools, will stay at 80% and follow social distancing.
Following a concerted effort to have its employees vaccinated, MGM was given the green light. The Cosmopolitan and the Strat Casino and Tower, both owned by Wynn Resorts, have already been allowed to reopen to full capacity.
As Gamblers Return, Fees Return
MGM is ready to do whatever it takes to regain lost revenue, even if that means reintroducing parking fees. Parking at area resorts can be quite costly, up to $18 per day. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Caesars Entertainment offers free parking for Nevada residents. Other properties in Sin City will also continue to offer free parking.
MGM recently received $400 million in funding, which it hopes will help it recover, along with the parking fees. It announced that it will sell the MGM Springfield real estate assets, but the deal will remain local.