(UPDATE: Mask were required when indoors again from July 30th, 2021 – February 10, 2022. The mask mandate is no longer in effect)
Vegas is back. Kind of.
The cab driver on my way from the airport said that Vegas was back. And on the surface, that’s believable. There are a lot of people on the Strip. Shows are reopening and most restaurants and clubs are open. The airport is crowded. That’s about as far as it goes. Even though the airport was busy, they have only 1 taxi line open and there wasn’t much of a wait when I landed.
Many restaurants have reopened, but not all of them. The ones that are open tend to require reservations. The lineup I saw waiting to get in to Catch at Aria right when they opened was comical. I considered going to the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars, but all reservations were sold out for the duration of my last trip. Late night dining options are very limited (and you can expect long lines at the ones that are). It seems like more restaurants are reopening each week, though (like Fleur at Mandalay Bay reopening July 26th).
As a general rule, masks are not required if you are vaccinated.
If everyone is being honest, it looks like over 90% of the people in Las Vegas are vaccinated. I don’t believe that, though. I did get a few looks for wearing mine. Most staff members wore masks, but not all of them. I am guessing that some vaccinated staff may not be required to wear masks. I wasn’t happy that the Cosmo room service person came right into my room without a masks, though.
The Nevada Taxicab Authority has simplified the rate structure for rides between McCarran International Airport (LAS) and the Strip. Instead of the usual metered rates based on distance and time, it is now a flat rate based upon which Strip hotel you are going to or coming from. It also applies to a few off-Strip hotels like The Orleans and Palace Station.
Zone 1 is the closest to the airport and is the least expensive. It is $19 and covers South Strip hotels between Sunset Road and Tropicana Avenue as well as nearby off-Strip hotels like the Hard Rock/Virgin Hotel and Alexis Park.
Zone 2 is $23 and covers the Center Strip hotels between Tropicana Avenue and Flamingo Road as well as off-Strip hotels like The Orleans
Zone 3 is $27 and covers the North Strip hotels from Flamingo Road to the Strat as well as off-Strip hotels like the Rio, Palms and Artisan.
If you’re visiting Sin City for the first time, you’re sure to be excited and looking forward to the experience of a lifetime. With casino gambling likely to be top of your list of things to do, it’s worth considering some of the Nevada state laws, so you don’t get in any trouble.
The most apparent and keenly observed law is that you must be over 21 years old to gamble in Las Vegas. In the UK, it is only 18, so if you’re arriving from there expecting to try your luck on the tables or slots machines, you’re going to be disappointed.
RTC has announced that they will suspend the SDX route on Thursday March 19th, but the Deuce is still running. Residential routes are also operating. You can find more info at www.rtcsnv.com Please take proper precautions (including keeping a safe distance from other riders) if you do need to be out.
Due to construction of the Caesars Forum Convention Center, the Harrah’s & LINQ Monorail Station will be temporarily closed from October 16, 2019 until November 1, 2019. Please utilize the Flamingo & Caesars Palace Monorail Station for access to Harrah’s and The LINQ.