Jammed sidewalks, fewer masks: Las Vegas shows signs of recovery heading into Memorial Day weekend

LAS VEGAS — Economic signs are pointing up for Nevada gambling and tourism heading into the Memorial Day holiday weekend, with reports on Thursday showing that casinos won $1 billion in April for the second month in a row, and monthly visitor volume increased for a fourth straight month.

Most casinos can again host 100% capacity, even ahead of Gov. Steve Sisolak’s target date of June 1. Masks are still advised for people who haven’t received coronavirus vaccinations and in some places with large indoor gatherings. Crowd restrictions and personal space restrictions will be virtually eliminated statewide next week.

Tourists have jammed sidewalks and returned to shows in Las Vegas in recent weeks — arriving mostly by vehicle, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and the Nevada Highway Patrol.

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