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LAS VEGAS – Two employees, one at the Luxor and another at the Wet Republic pool, have tested positive for COVID-19, according to MGM Resorts International.
“We are coordinating with the Southern Nevada Health District to notify people who may have been in close contact with the employee and are providing additional support as needed,” spokesman Brian Ahern said in a statement.
Meanwhile, closures in the wake of coronavirus continue along the Las Vegas Strip.
MGM previously said they will close all night clubs, day clubs, spas, salons and fitness centers. The temporary changes are effective Monday, the company announced Friday.
The latest shuttering of popular resort stops comes as health officials grapple with the spread of COVID-19 in Nevada, where there are 19 cases reported.
Restaurants, buffets close at MGM Resorts
Fleur, Aurole and Mizuya will temporarily close Monday at the Mandalay Bay, according to MGM.
The closures will follow MGM’s decision to close buffets at seven Las Vegas Strip properties due to coronavirus concerns.
Buffets at ARIA, Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Luxor and Excalibur will temporarily close on Sunday.
A man rides his bike past the MGM Grand hotel and casino in Las Vegas. (Photo: John Locher/AP)
“These changes are temporary and will be evaluated on a weekly basis,” the company said in a statement to the USA TODAY Network.
Properties of Caesars Entertainment – the largest MGM competitor on the Strip – will keep buffets open.
“We are incorporating cleaning and hygiene protocols into the buffets as well as the rest of our operations across the company,” the company said in a statement.
Night clubs close, events canceled at Wynn
Wynn Resorts will temporarily cancel all large entertainment gatherings.
Buffets, nightclubs and theaters in Las Vegas and Boston have closed – including XS Nightclub and Encore Beach Club.
Wynn casinos and restaurants will “create appropriate distancing” between guests at gaming machines and tables, Maddox said.
The company will also use “non-invasive” thermal cameras to screen the temperatures of guests.
“Any person registering a temperature of 100.4F or higher will be discreetly informed by a trained member of the security team and not be permitted to remain inside the resort,” a company statement said.
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