MGM Resorts gets thumbs up for 100% capacity

New limits apply to gaming floors only, with hotels operating at 80% limits for now
Mirage Hotel and Casino
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The casino floor will be full again.

MGM Resorts International announced Wednesday that the Nevada Gaming Control Board has approved a return to 100 percent occupancy and no social distancing on the gaming floors located inside the company's Las Vegas Strip properties.

Those properties include: Bellagio Resort & Casino, ARIA Resort & Casino, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Park MGM, The Mirage Hotel & Casino, New York-New York Hotel & Casino, Luxor Hotel and Casino, and Excalibur Hotel & Casino.

"This is yet another major milestone in Las Vegas' incredible recovery and a testament to the importance of vaccination in the effort to fully reopen our community," said MGM Resorts CEO & President Bill Hornbuckle. "We will continue working to vaccinate as many people as possible and remain vigilant with health and safety protocols designed to protect our employees, guests and community. This vital work must continue for us to defeat this virus, and MGM Resorts is committed to doing our part to get it done."

The waiver was granted based on MGM Resorts' work to vaccinate its workforce and applies only to gaming floors. Current 80 percent occupancy restrictions and three-feet social distancing policies remain in effect outside of the gaming floors, including at restaurants, pools and other non-gaming areas and activities. Additional health and safety protocols will continue, including applicable mask mandates, based on regulatory requirements and expert guidance.