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Sights and sounds around Las Vegas as casinos reopen

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Posted at 6:23 PM, Jun 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 03:14:15-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas casinos are starting the reopening process on Thursday, with many reopening their doors at 12:01 a.m. as part of Nevada's Phase 2 recovery plan.

What is reopening and when during Phase 2 in Las Vegas

This story will be updated with the latest happenings and introductions to what a few of the new way bettors can gamble in the city after the coronavirus closures and changes.

11:30 P.M. 13 Action News Anchor Ross DiMattei recaps the historic day in Las Vegas as casinos reopened after an 11-week shutdown.

Vegas casinos reopen after 11-week shutdown

6:45 P.M. 13 Action News Reporter Astrid Mendez gives an inside look at the new safety protocols in place at PT's Taverns in Southern Nevada.

PT's Taverns reopen with new safety measures

6:15 P.M. 13 Action News Anchor Jackie Kostek caught up with a few Las Vegas locals returning to Red Rock hotel-casino on its first day of its reopening.

Red Rock reopens to locals and tourists alike

6:10 P.M. Several PT's Taverns across the Las Vegas valley are back open for business with gaming returning to the state.

6:05 P.M. Spirit Airlines has announced an increase in flights to Las Vegas beginning in July as the city continues to reopen more amenities.

Things have been fairly quiet at @LASairport today as casino’s reopen.

However, airlines say they will be increasing routes to/from Vegas soon. @SpiritAirlines going from 10 to 29 nonstop flights by the end of July @KTNV pic.twitter.com/0dhLfanViW

— Austin Carter (@AustinKTNV) June 5, 2020

4:40 P.M. The El Cortez in downtown Las Vegas continues to be busy with casino-goers on the first day of its reopening.

Live report coming up in minutes! pic.twitter.com/oD0WbZnRSQ

— Joe Bartels (@Joe_Bartels) June 4, 2020

4:20 P.M. Slot machines are also back on at McCarran Airport with proper social distancing in place.

1:45 P.M. The SAHARA Las Vegas welcomed back guests today as the property has increased cleaning and sensitization protocols for its reopening.

11:33 A.M. Reporter Marissa Kynaston stops by the Flamingo, where there is now free parking, showgirls and hungry flamingos having lunch.

Re-Viva Las Vegas: free parking, showgirls at The Flamingo

11:20 A.M. Reporter Kelsey McFarland goes over what's back - and what's different - in downtown Las Vegas.

Casinos open in downtown Las Vegas

11:18 A.M. Reporter Sean DeLancey has a sky view of the Strip, watching it come alive from Chopper 13.

Re-Viva Las Vegas: Flying over the Las Vegas Strip in Chopper 13

11:07 A.M. Reporter Alicia Pattillo speaks with South Point Hotel and Casino General Manager Ryan Growney on the casino's first day back in business.

Re-Viva Las Vegas: Interview with South Point GM Ryan Growney

11 A.M. 13 Action News Anchor Ross DiMattei checks out how things are going at Caesars Palace, and Anchor Nina Porciuncula shares a morning an update from Bellagio.

Re-Viva Las Vegas: Caesars Palace, Bellagio reopen

10 A.M. Caesars Palace kicked off their reopening at 10 a.m. with a speech by Mr. Las Vegas Wayne Newton.

9:30 A.M. The Bellagio hotel-casino kicked off its reopening with a brand-new Bellagio fountain show. They have created 3 new shows to celebrate the reopening of Las Vegas. Learn more about the show here.

6:06 A.M. Sanitation is underway downtown on Fremont Street.

5:36 A.M. At 12:01 a.m. - the exact moment casinos were allowed to reopen - the Viva Vision canopy Fremont Street Experience displayed a fireworks show. As Kelsey McFarland reports, hours later, Fremont Street still has some stragglers.

Back in Business: Midnight fireworks on the Fremont canopy

12:40 A.M. The D Las Vegas was a popular spot in downtown Las Vegas as it welcomed casino-goers back after 12:01 a.m.

12:30 A.M. Dealers and servers are wearing masks at the Fremont hotel-casino in downtown Las Vegas, and the property also has reminders for guests about proper social distancing.

12:20 A.M. The Red Rock hotel-casino is reportedly already buzzing after reopening its doors after 12:01 a.m.

RELATED STORY: Red Rock Casino Resort reopens today

11:55 P.M. Downtown casinos and the Fremont Street Experience welcomed guests back late Wednesday evening and into the overnight hours.

11:25 P.M. The Golden Gate Las Vegas in downtown is open and serving frozen drinks in the Fremont Street Experience.

10:45 P.M. 13 Action News Executive Digital Producer Joyce Lupiani shared a first look of what to expect when returning to the Fremont Street Expereince in downtown Las Vegas.

10 P.M. 13 Action News Digital Director Jorge Mondaca shows an inside look at Red Rock hotel-casino before it reopens at 12:01 a.m.

7:50 P.M. Sunset Station shared a sneak peak of its gaming floor before officially reopening to the public.

7:40 P.M. 13 Action News Anchor Joe Bartels caught a few spots preparing to reopen at the D Las Vegas.

3:40 P.M.13 Action News Anchor Joe Bartels interviewed casino owner Derek Stevens at the D Hotel in downtown Las Vegas as guests are already checking into their rooms.

The hotel is open, guests are checking in and more have taken pictures with their airline boarding passes for flights paid for by Derek. WELCOME BACK TO LAS VEGAS!!! pic.twitter.com/Fw0JYWVe8z

— Joe Bartels (@Joe_Bartels) June 3, 2020