LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — MGM Resorts International has announced that it is temporarily closing the buffets at all of its properties effective March 15.
The buffets are at MGM Grand, ARIA, Bellagio, Mandalay Bay, Mirage, Luxor, and Excalibur.
MGM Resorts will temporarily close buffets at ARIA, Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Luxor and Excalibur, effective Sunday, March 15. These changes are temporary and will be evaluated on a weekly basis.
MGM did not provide additional information in response to an initial media inquiry. It is not known what will happen to the employees. It is believed that they are closing because of concern over the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The Culinary Union sent the following statement:
Now, as the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, we are working very hard to monitor the effects on Culinary Union members. The Culinary Union is sending requests to all of the casino companies to meet immediately and bargain on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak. We are evaluating the coronavirus situation daily. It is our top priority, and we will keep you updated.
Caesars says their buffets will remain open, but they say they will be incorporating cleaning and hygiene protocols into their buffets.
13 Action News has reached out to Station Casinos and Boyd Gaming and others to see if they have any plans also to close their buffets.