There is one silver lining to the many negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the gambling world. Free parking is coming back to a majority of Las Vegas Strip properties.

According to a report from USA Today, MGM Resorts announced that when Las Vegas casinos reopen, the parking fees that have been in place at its Strip locations since January of 2016, will be lifted completely.

“MGM Resorts is updating many of our offerings as we prepare to welcome guests back, and that includes implementing free parking,” said the company in a statement.

There is still no word on when Las Vegas casinos will open again. The last word from Gov. Steve Sisolak was that casinos won’t be opening during the beginning of phase one of his reopening plan, which launched on May 9.

USA Today is also reporting that when MGM is eligible to open its casinos, the company will do so in bunches. Instead of opening up all properties at once, it will open a few at a time and gradually open its entire portfolio of properties. The first two to open its doors will be the Bellagio and New York-New York.

Caesars Entertainment and MGM were the only two gambling operators that charged for parking in Las Vegas, but those two companies made up the vast majority of the Las Vegas Strip. Caesars has not made an announcement yet whether its parking fees will be lifted as well.

 

 

 

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