When Las Vegas announced its new safety guidelines for reopening back in early May, a lot of people were hoping they would include something about banning smoking.
But it looks like there could be one resort on the Strip that may be going 100% smoke free anyway, once it reopens.
Las Vegas has been taking baby steps towards non-smoking environments for years. In 2006 they passed the Clean Indoor Act, which banned cigarette smoking in public spaces such as restaurants, hotel lobbies, shopping places, and elevators. The Delano, Vdara and several MGM branded hotels are smoke-free. You can also find some nightclubs that don’t allow smoking.
Unfortunately, the casinos and other gaming areas have still allowed smoking. Granted, the air filtration system is better than that it was years ago, so you may not choke on the smoke in the casinos, but it’s there and noticeable.
Welp, VitalVegas.com, a blog with all essential Vegas news, tips, deal, etc., has written that the Park MGM Resort, a mega-resort with 2,992 guest rooms and a 102,000sf casino floor, is reportedly going to be the first smoke-free casino resort on the Las Vegas strip. And they’re talking 100% smoke-free – the hotel, the pool and…wait for it…the casino. Whoop whoop!
The timing of the supposed smoking ban may appear to put it in relation to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic. But it’s also being suggested the Park MGM Resort would use it as a marketing tool, as it hasn’t been particularly popular since it was rebranded from the Monte Carlo in 2018.
VitalVegas is suggesting the smoking ban would be considered a temporary measure, but if it turned out to be popular, who knows what could happen in the future?
At this point, the no-smoking ban appears to be a rumor – it’s based on an interview the resort’s CEO did with a local TV station regarding the future of Vegas resorts and smoking. However MGM Resorts also recently sent out a survey that asked about guests’ feelings towards non-smoking policies. On top of that, top players at the resort have apparently been contacted by casino hosts to get their input. So now it’s just a matter of waiting to see if an announcement ever happens or not.
Although no reopening has been announced yet, the Park MGM Resort is taking reservations from July 1 onward. So if they plan to go smoke-free, I would think they’d announce it more sooner than later.
Joe and I enjoy our occasional trips to Vegas. When we go, anything smoke-free will always get our attention before places that allow smoking. Perhaps others will feel the same way and a trend will finally start.
#stayhealthy #staysafe #washyourhands
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