As the one year mark approaches when in-person entertainment became basically non-existent, Las Vegas has made the decision to start things back up again. “The Moat is being eliminated” writes the Las Vegas Review Journal. They share, “The 25-foot distance between spectators and entertainers in Las Vegas ticketed shows is part of our pandemic past.” It has been officially signed off by Governor Steve Sisolak to eliminate the distance requirement which has “undercut several Vegas stage shows and headliners,” according to Las Vegas Review Journal. It’s said that he’s taking this action according to advice from the state’s epidemiologist and public-health experts.
What Does This Mean for Vegas Entertainment
With these new changes, which are effective immediately, there must be a minimum separation of at least six feet for all live entertainment and performances. And this is only allowed if artists and performers wear a mask or face covering at all times throughout their performance. If they choose to not wear any sort of face covering throughout the entire performance or pieces of it, then they must have a minimum separation of at least 12 feet.
SPI Entertainment CEO Adam Steck said, “This is fantastic, this is what we have been waiting for. It’s another step in getting Vegas back to Vegas.” This adjustment will give smaller-venue shows the opportunity to start up again and also put shows back in their original facilities on and off the Las Vegas Strip.
Fantasy producer Anita Mann said “That 25-foot moat is gigantic for us. It separates our cast from the audience.” Steck mentioned that they -the producers- didn’t necessarily understand the health-safety reasoning behind The Moat. He explained “nobody explained it to us, there didn’t seem to be any science behind it, when you could be in a supper club, or on a place with rows full of people, but couldn’t sit in one of our showrooms to be entertained.”
He shared their commitment to following the rules to respect the governor and Gaming Control Board however, they weren’t ever fully conscious of its purpose. The Moat paired with social-distancing requirements had the influence of cutting capacities so low that shows could not turn a profit.
According to Las Vegas Review Journal shows who could not return due to The Moat’s restrictions are Spiegelworld’s “Atomic Saloon Show” at The Venetian’s Grand Canal Shoppes and “Opium” at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas; all of David Saxe Production’s shows at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood; the Righteous Brothers and Bronx Wanderers at Harrah’s Showroom; “Menopause The Musical” at Harrah’s Cabaret; and the headlining shows at Cleopatra’s Barge at Caesars Palace, including Wayne Newton and Dionne Warwick.
What to Expect
Following this news, a big summer is now being anticipated. Check below to see what to expect!
AREA15 is a new venue located just minutes from the Las Vegas Strip. Spanning across more than four acres, it’s “the world’s first purpose-built experiential entertainment district offering life events, immersive activations, monumental art installations, extraordinary design elements, unique retail, ground-breaking technology, bars and eateries much more.” They will also be following health and safety guidelines using state-of-the-art technology such as an Al-driven thermal scanning platform that screens temperature accurately and non-invasively, detects the absence of a mask, and alerts staff when social distancing thresholds are not being met.
The Hakkasan Group is also ready to reopen the premier nightlife destination in Las Vegas, OMNIA at Caesars Palace. “OMNIA will resume operations of the terrace area of the venue as a lounge, which provides sweeping views of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip in a unique outdoor socially distant environment. They wrote that “VIP sections will be separated to allow for physical distancing and rigorous cleaning plans will also be implemented. OMNIA Las Vegas will be open Fridays and Saturdays 10:30 p.m. until late.”
They will also have a production of shows such as the adults-only circus variety show, ABSINTHE starting March 17. Along with that, multiple entertainments will return to MGM Grand Resorts. Events such as performances at the David Copperfield Theater, Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club, Australian Bee Gees, Terry Fator’s shows and many more. President of Entertainment and Sports for MGM Resorts International, George Kliavkoff, said in a statement on March 5th, “Today’s announcement is a great additional step in getting guests back to the shows they love, safely and profitably. We will continue to evaluate our entertainment programming with the goal of reopening more shows in the near future.”