Casinos throughout Nevada were closed Wednesday, along with other nonessential businesses, following an unprecedented order from Gov. Steve Sisolak. He urged residents to stay home to help curtail the spread of the new coronavirus. (March 18) AP Domestic
LAS VEGAS – Wynn Resorts is extending full-time pay for more than 15,000 salaried, hourly and part-time employees through May 31.
The extension increases the total number of fully-paid closure days to 75 – an investment of close to $250 million for the company.
“We have the best teams and culture in the industry, and have made the important decision to continue to invest in our employees in Las Vegas and Boston by extending their full pay and benefits through the end of the month while we work through the phases to welcome back our guests,” said Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox in a statement.
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak last week extended a stay-at-home order for Nevadans through May 15, a directive that remains in effect until the state meets public health guidelines and hits case decline benchmarks.
“We have been working closely with state and local officials, gaming control boards, and leading public health professionals to determine how to safely reopen,” Maddox said.
The CEO said Wynn Resorts properties could open in late May, but data must first show it is safe to do so.
“That is assuming we stay in line with the benchmarks and that the environment is safe for customers and for all of our employees,” Maddox said.
In Clark County, 65 new cases and 12 more deaths related to coronavirus were reported on Wednesday, according to new data from the Southern Nevada Health District.
That brings the totals there to 4,473 cases and 238 deaths.
So far, 3,695 people have recovered from COVID-19 in Clark County. Roughly 5.3 percent of all the known infections there have died.
It’s likely the true number of those who have COVID-19 is higher than what’s officially reported due to a statewide testing shortage.
Wynn last week partnered with University Medical Center in Las Vegas to give company employees access to free COVID-19 testing.
Ed Komenda writes about Las Vegas for the Reno Gazette Journal and USA Today Network. Do you care about democracy? Then support local journalism by subscribing to the Reno Gazette Journal right here.
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