Latest news on capacity levels isn't half bad for Vegas

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"Extravaganza -- The Vegas Spectacular " in the Jubilee Theater at Bally's is one of about 40 productions that have resumed this past month.
"Extravaganza -- The Vegas Spectacular " in the Jubilee Theater at Bally's is one of about 40 productions that have resumed this past month.
Paul Szydelko
Paul Szydelko

In yet another sign that Nevada is ready to accommodate more visitors amid the pandemic, restrictions on large gatherings have been loosened to allow for 50% capacity.

Prior to this, conventions, conferences and trade shows had been capped at 1,000. Restaurant capacities have also been increased, from 35% to 50%. In addition, vaccine eligibility for hospitality and food-service workers began March 15, spurring the state's efforts to increase tourism.

"Las Vegas has been the top convention and meetings destination for many years. We pride ourselves on providing the best facilities, the best service and now, the safest," Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak said.

"We have been cautious, but very focused on reopening Las Vegas in the safest way possible for you, our treasured customers, our valued employees and our entire community. With great confidence in the efforts made by our resorts, convention centers and meeting hosts, I say, 'Welcome back! The greatest place to do business in the world is even better.'"

In other signs that Vegas is rebounding, about 40 productions have resumed in the past month, including "Extravaganza -- The Vegas Spectacular " in the Jubilee Theater at Bally's.

Only one preview performance was staged on March 14, 2020, before it closed the following day to comply with state directives relating to the pandemic. It reopened on Nov. 23, featuring dancers, acrobats, aerialists, skaters, comedians and iconic showgirls.

Jabbawockeez, which had been performing in a more intimate theater setting before the pandemic, now presents "Timeless" five nights a week at the spacious MGM Grand Garden Arena. Flashy production elements and lasers augment the show with otherworldly characters searching for a music playlist that spans generations, locations and genres.

Another hot ticket is the Vegas Golden Knights, making another National Hockey League playoff push at 17,500-seat T-Mobile Arena. They started allowing fans with 15% capacity (2,600) on March 1, increasing to 20% (3,500) on March 11.

But the biggest indicator that Vegas is rebounding will be the resumption of conventions, a dormant industry for a year.

"We're ready and eager to welcome back business travelers to Las Vegas," said Steve Hill, president and CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. "We know there is a pent-up demand for the return of in-person meetings and conventions and for the Las Vegas experience."

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