Parts of Nevada are looking like a ghost town, and it's oddly eerie. The Las Vegas Strip's shutdown prompted hotels and casinos to close their doors in the wake of minimizing the spread of COVID-19 in Nevada. In doing so, the Orlean's Hotel looks more like an abandoned resort compared to the booming playhouse it was before the cessation.
With empty lobbies, vacant slot machines, and a lack of people, the hotel looks practically unrecognizable.
Hotels and casinos aren't the only businesses that have temporarily suspended large gatherings. Many local companies, such as restaurants and movie theatres, have shifted their focus to curbside pickup, delivery, and drive-in showings.
In response to the Nevada Governer's orders, the Orlean's Hotel and Casino posted the following to their Facebook page,
"In compliance with the Governor's order, we will be closing all gaming operations at all Las Vegas Boyd Gaming properties by midnight tonight, March 17. Limited food service will be available for hotel guests until 10:00am, Wednesday, March 18. Check with the Front Desk for location and hours."
The inside of a Las Vegas hotel during a shutdown looks almost uncanny.
Here's an exclusive, inside look of a vacant casino.
Hotel guests were allowed to leave their rooms and order food from the cafe.
Security guards lingered around to ensure people didn't gather together or form a group.
After ordering food, you had to take it back upstairs to your room.
It was a new kind of experience to see how empty and vast the casino floors were.
With the shutdown of all non-essential businesses on track for 30 days, it might be a while before the glitz and glam return to the Strip.
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"Today was a day where I can breathe, and we can all breathe again because justice was served," he said. "But we have a lot of work to do still on social justice and police brutality."
Davis also says he was inspired to make the tweet by Floyd's brother, Philonise, who told reporters "Today, we are able to breathe again" shortly after the verdict was read.
Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis Police Officer accused of murdering George Floyd in 2020, was found guilty of unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.
The lineup is sure to draw a crowd, as it featured big names such as Green Day, Tame Impala, A$AP Rocky, and HAIM.
On top of the stacked music lineup, the festival will also feature world-famous comedians, guest speakers, and numerous colorful art installations.
The festival has not announced how many people will be able to attend the festival, but it was able to draw a massive crowd of over 150,000 guests in years prior to the COVID-19 pandemic according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Early bird tickets have already sold out but normal tickets are scheduled to be available for purchase starting March 12 at 10 a.m. PT.
The Bellagio Hotel and Casino debuted its annual holiday decor on Monday, calling it "Hopeful Holidays." The fantastical display, which features four different "holiday traditions," will be up through January 2021.
The Bellagio's majestic Conservatory and Botanical Gardens area, where the decorations are set up, is free to the public and it is...very pretty.
The Aria Resort & Casino
The Aria has set up a total winter wonderland situation in its lobby, with the centerpiece being a house made of actually edible ingredients.
It's called the "Sugar Palace" and it's 15-feet tall and glows blue and white.
The Wynn Las Vegas
The decadent Wynn hotel has also decorated its grounds with holiday cheer literally everywhere, transforming its atrium into a total winter wonderland.
The centerpiece of it all is a display of six mini villages with the theme being "Gulliver's Travels."
The Tropicana is looking as festive as ever, giving off cute little vintage vibes with its tree and general essence.
The Linq Promenade
The Linq Promenade shopping center has decorated to the max, complete with a gigantic, colorful Christmas tree.
The Forum Shops at Caesar's Place are decked out with Christmas decor, as well, making it even lovelier than usual, complete with lit up garland all over the place as well as a 40-foot-tall tree.
Fremont Street Experience
Fremont's iconic 50-foot-tall tree is up and decorated as heck, as of December 9 when the annual tree lighting ceremony was held. On December 10, there will also be a lighting ceremony for a 20-foot-tall Grand Menorah in celebration of Hannukkah.
It's truly the most wonderful time of the year in Sin City, and somehow, also the flashiest.