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Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox: Las Vegas could see Roaring Twenties recovery

Posted at 11:24 PM, Dec 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-02 02:24:42-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A top hotel executive says Las Vegas could see a recovery much like the Roaring Twenties once the pandemic gets under control.

“I think people are going to want to dress up and go out and be around people once it's safe,” said Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox. “I think it's going to be similar to the Roaring Twenties after the pandemic of 1918 and 1919. It was like 'Oh my God. We survived this, let's go have fun.’”

Maddox spoke with the Latin Chamber of Commerce Nevada President Peter Guzman this week.

He says Las Vegas needs to lead the country in getting people back together safely.

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His team has also partnered with the University Medical Center to create a testing lab which is expected to be finished in about 30 days.

“In order to get 5,000 people back into a nightclub or a big show or convention, I'd like to have 'Okay have you been vaccinated? Yes or no. Okay, no? Then, take a test.’ All you have to do is spit in this tube and we're going to turn it around. If we get the green light, you're allowed to go in. And we get a red light then we have a process for someone who comes up positive.”

Maddox says his testing idea should help make people feel comfortable getting into a crowded space again.