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  1. The MGM Grand poker room will reopen at 4 p.m. Friday, a spokesman said. The room will have plexiglass dividers between players to allow six-handed play, per guidelines from the state Gaming Control Board, like its sister properties the Aria and Bellagio. The room will be open from 4 p.m.- midnight Thursday through Monday, the spokesman said. Eight tables will be available for play. Only cash games will be allowed, no tournaments. No spectators or food are allowed in the poker room. https://www.reviewjournal.com/sports/poker/mgm-grand-poker-room-reopening-friday-2067230/
  2. Cirque du Soleil CEO Daniel Lamarre told CNBC on Tuesday that the circus company is eyeing "the beginning of 2021" for the return of its shows, following a coronavirus-driven suspension. "The good news is all of our cast and crew in Las Vegas lives there, so that's why we're hopeful that we can open Vegas first because the artists are ready to go, so within a couple of weeks of training and rehearsal, a show can be back on track," Lamarre said on "Squawk on the Street." Lamarre, whose comments came one day after Cirque du Soleil filed for bankruptcy protection, said the return of the company's shows in Orlando will also benefit from a locally based cast and crew. "It will be more complicated for touring shows because we cannot open touring shows unless all the airlines are working on a regular schedule and all the borders around the world are reopened, because when we do a touring show we tour in 450 cities around the world," he said. Cirque du Soleil and the live entertainment industry writ large have faced severe consequences from the Covid-19 crisis, with the virus outbreak leading to the cancellation of shows. On Monday, New York City's Broadway League announced that it has suspended shows for the rest of 2020. Lamarre said it will likely take the Montreal-based Cirque "a good two years" to return to pre-pandemic levels of profitability. But he said Cirque needs about 40% of its seats filled to break even, meaning "with the social distancing, if we could operate with 50% of our capacity, we would start making a little bit of profit." "So that's why we're hopeful that we could open some shows before that, but then again to really go back to the level of profitability we had before the crisis, we need full capacity," Lamarre said. He added that for any shows during the health crisis, the company would take the temperature of guests upon arrival at the theater and have a mandatory mask policy. Cirque du Soleil cut nearly 3,500 employees as part of its creditor protection filing. The employees had previously been furloughed. Lamarre said he believes the initial purchase plan that Cirque has agreed to with existing shareholders helps solidify the company's long-term presence, although he noted other offers could be made in the coming weeks. "Obviously, they would have to come with an offer that is better for the future of the company, better for our employees," he said, noting that current shareholders could match such an offer. "So that's why today I can guarantee the future of Cirque du Soleil is ensured, and when normalcy is back, then all of our shows, progressively, will come back."
  3. The Aria poker room will reopen Wednesday with plexiglass dividers and six-handed games, an MGM Resorts spokesman confirmed. The setup will be akin to its MGM sister property the Bellagio, which reopened with plexiglass June 18. That has allowed the Bellagio to host six-handed games, giving it an edge over the other open poker rooms in Las Vegas, which have been limited to five players per table without plexiglass, per the state Gaming Control Board. The Orleans and Sahara Las Vegas have said they plan to install the dividers soon to go to six-handed. The Aria poker room will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week with 14 tables available for play. Only cash games will be allowed, not tournaments. No spectators will be allowed in the poker room, the spokesman said. Food is also banned for the time being. https://www.reviewjournal.com/sports/poker/aria-poker-room-to-reopen-with-6-handed-play-2064665/
  4. Cirque du Soleil, the Las Vegas Strip’s preeminent production company for more than two decades, has filed for bankruptcy. The company, which has six productions on the Strip, announced Monday morning from its headquarters in Montreal it was seeking a debt restructuring protection under its home country’s Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA). As expected, the company said in its filing announcement the refinancing move was “in response to immense disruption and forced show closures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.” https://www.reviewjournal.com/entertainment/entertainment-columns/kats/cirque-du-soleil-files-for-bankruptcy-plans-to-rebuild-2064149/
  5. No. I think their procedures call for temp checks only for hotel guests only upon check-in.
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