Park MGM is first casino in Las Vegas to ban smoking
The resort-casino won't welcome smokers when it reopens after the pandemic shutdown.
, will reopen Sept. 30. The former Monte Carlo opened two years ago with all nonsmoking guest rooms. State law also banned smoking in restaurants, but Park MGM’s casino allowed players to smoke until coronavirus forced all Nevada casinos to close March 17.
AdvertisementThe Park MGM and NoMad in Las Vegas will reopen Sept. 30.(MGM Resorts)“While we’ve had it closed, we purchased all new carpet for the casino,” Nikodemus said. “We redid the ceiling lighting and new paint. And [there are] new wall coverings around the entire exterior of the casino. It is a brand-new, fresh casino experience for our customers when they return.”
Las Vegas observers say the timing may be right for a smoke-free resort. “If it was ever going to work, now would probably be the time,” said Anthony Curtis, publisher ofLas Vegas Advisor, a newsletter for visitors.“I think that everybody’s trying to find something that’s going to be unique given the (COVID) situation,” he added. “Vegas is fighting for tourists again. … They’re fighting for that dollar.”
AdvertisementThe publication in August polled readers on whether they agreed with the idea of a smoke-free casino.The results, based on more than 1,500 votes, showed that 57% of respondents support some sort of smoking ban. Nearly 1 in 4 agreed with banning smoking in casinos.
Michael Green, an associate professor of history at University of Nevada Las Vegas, also agreed that a nonsmoking resort may prove successful. “I think we are seeing the future upon us,” he said. “Our awareness of COVID, the masks and all that involves, is discouraging smoking further. … I don’t think they’d do this until they think there is a demand.”
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It’s about time. All casinos should follow. As a nonsmoker, this is still not news, it’s a bland casino that offers little in the way of Vegas excitement, nope. Make them all like that! Never heard of park mgm. But good news I guess. Can't wait to see the anti-mask crowd say it's their right to smoke anywhere they want. Same mentality.
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