It’s June 1, Blair Davies’ first day back on the job, an unlikely hiatus ending with an even more unlikely task: ushering a feathered intruder out of the check-in area. Tickets for canceled Mystere performances will be automatically refunded. Policies outlined for guests include the advisement of social distancing, usage of personal protective equipment, hand washing and hand sanitizing as well as on-property safety reminders. Time to make sure everything still works. “We all have a hunger!” she sings, said hunger currently being satiated by myriad games of chance, dice the size of bowling balls tumbling beneath a plastic bubble during a video craps game; slot machines digitally approximating the rattle of clinking coins when reels align into a winner. For another month and a half, time would continue to trickle by within these walls, like beads of water plopping from a leaky faucet. The Stay-at-Home order issued by the Prairie Island Indian Community will expire on Monday, May 18, the same time Minnesota’s order will expire. “It’s trying to catch up,” says painter Leo Jauregai, while touching up a baseboard in a Golden Knights face mask. Phil’s Italian Steakhouse, Richie’s SUB Shop, Seafood Shack, and Mystere by Cirque du Soleil remain temporarily closed. Time to bid them adieu: Treasure Island is but three days from opening. Rising COVID-19 cases within the state derailed plans for a number of other large events in the state. While no one will be occupying TI’s rooms for another two months, they still have to be maintained. “It’s emotional,” she says. In order to ensure employees remain safe, the hotel has put forth policies and procedures that include: security temperature screenings; hand washing and hand sanitizing; requirements to stay at home if sick; social distancing; expanded training about COVID-19 and prevention; employee signage; use of personal protective equipment; and strict cleaning protocols. Soon, the stage comes to life with a stubborn creak, slowly moving downward to reveal a large pit the size of a whale’s gullet. The area in which she stands certainly has a different look and feel to it: There are Velcro signs on the floor every 6 feet to maintain social distancing, and plexiglass shields have been erected at the registration desk, where every other computer will sit idle for the time being. It’s a microcosm of the reopening of Las Vegas itself, of the city’s defining feature — the sprawling, larger-than-everything casino — getting back to work, so that the town can follow suit. “I did my Jack Hanna and shooed it outside,” Treasure Island’s digital marketing manager says from behind a black face mask that she hasn’t yet grown accustomed to wearing, as all hotel staff now must. “It sounds like my bones when I get up in the morning,” Crook quips. It takes two hours to complete each floor; six days to make it through every room. He has to distill what he has learned and convey it to his staff, who are coming back to work en masse tomorrow, greeted by a massive phalanx of green bins stuffed with towels and sheets that line the halls in the back of the house. “It’s going to be a whole new ballgame.’“. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @benjaminhphoto, Facility technician Paul Burnett replaces the layouts on the Face Up Pai Gow poker tables on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Las Vegas. Encore Boston Harbor needed permission from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to sell takout wine and malted beverages and the board unanimously approved the request. This is the daily routine in a time when little in the world is routine. Nevada’s casinos won’t need to overhaul their operating plans under new guidance issued Tuesday by gaming regulators. There is a silver lining to it all, though: Room renovations originally scheduled for August or September were expected to be completed in May. “The first week,” he says, “it felt like time took forever.”. “They spend their first hour being trained on new chemicals,” Cho says, “trained about the COVID virus, how to wash hands, how to wear a mask correctly.”. Here’s why. UPDATE JUNE 3: Treasure Island Las Vegas has announced reopening specifics about property venues and their hours of operation, as it plans to reopen … Starting on June 6, Golden Circle Sports Bar will be open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., 7 days a week. While we do not yet have a specific reopening date, we are preparing and getting closer to making that decision. “Footbridge moving!” a worker shouts as the walkway descends from the rafters. Though the doors have just opened, already there are about two dozen people lined up at the registration desk, where they have their temperature taken before receiving room keys. “You don’t want to just shut it down and leave it and then try to start it back it up. For housekeeping, it’s keeping abreast of new sanitation methods and protocols. And so workers from the engineering department regularly visit each one to run the water taps and flush the toilets. Treasure Island plans to reopen May 15 (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal) By Bailey Schulz / Las Vegas Review-Journal. Jennifer Renzelman, Treasure Island’s vice president of communications, takes it all in. The first three guests were upgraded to suites for free. Each department faces its own challenges. Since reopening, TI has put forth … (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @benjaminhphoto, Bartender Antonio Argueea prepares his station to reopen at TI on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Las Vegas. Restaurants at Wynn’s Boston property can sell takeout beer, wine, COVID spike thwarts plans for large events in Southern Nevada, October visitation to Las Vegas half of what it was a year ago, Regulator gives guidance to casinos for new capacity restrictions, Gaming win down by double-digit percentages for 8th straight month, Room rates tumble ahead of holiday weekend. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @benjaminhphoto, Hand sanitizing stations help guests prevent the spread of the coronavirus at TI on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Las Vegas. The view is exquisite, a picturesque panorama — of nothing happening. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @benjaminhphoto, Kim Simpson, left, sanitizes the cage counter at TI on Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Las Vegas. “We’ve got to fix everything that was previously damaged and then get everything freshened up for the reopening.”. ORIGINAL STORYTreasure Island Las Vegas has announced that it will officially reopen on June 4 at 10 a.m. following its temporary closure by order of the Nevada Governor's office amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Copyright © 2019 Las Vegas Review-Journal, Inc. | Privacy Policy | Terms of Service, In a hurried slog, staff revives Treasure Island, Gamblers play blackjack with empty seats on each side to maintain social distancing at TI on Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Las Vegas. By agreeing to the use of cookies on our site, you direct us to disclose your personal information to our third party service providers for the purposes for which we collect your information. “Don’t cut a wire — or a finger,” instructs Bill Stoops, a facility technician, as he helps a co-worker resurface a gaming table while ideally keeping all digits intact. That is an important first step in reopening Treasure Island Resort & Casino. Copyright 2020 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. “It really is.”. “There’s a lot of little details to think of. A pair of poker tables are full, three players seated at each. TI’s Race & Sports Book, opening June 5, will operate between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.; and 24 hours through self-service kiosks. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @benjaminhphoto, Empty escalators during the closure of TI due to the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, April 10, 2020, in Las Vegas. Also starting on June 5, Gilley’s Saloon (bar only) will be open 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., 7 days a week. “It’s been challenging,” Taylor says, “but it’s coming back together.”. We’re making the rounds in one of the hotel towers at Treasure Island, high above the Strip, all of the large, spot-free windows offering beatific glimpses of a city frozen in place, static as a statue. April 23, 2020 - 8:50 am Updated April 23, 2020 - 5:04 pm. She acknowledges getting a little teary eyed when operations officially resumed an hour and a half ago. Empty parking lots, a hotel and amphitheater sit unused. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @benjaminhphoto, Sergio Gurrola Jr., 6, from Bakersfield, Calif., practices swimming with father Sergio Gurrola at the pool at TI on Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Las Vegas. It’s a bit past 9 a.m. on Thursday, and Treasure Island is back in action, a sleeping giant awakened just in time for breakfast. Executive chef Craig Taylor, Treasure Island’s director of culinary operations, says it’s almost like starting from scratch. Venues, services and amenities that will be open include its casino, pool area, on-property restaurants, gift shops, car rental service and free self-parking garage. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @benjaminhphoto, Robert Owens ensures social distancing markers are correctly measured at TI on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Las Vegas. For the past week, casino staff gradually has been coming back on the job.

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