MGM says it can safely host conventions during COVID-19

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MGM Resorts does not want it to be a gamble for visitors to attend events at its properties.

The Las Vegas-based hotel and casino owner on Tuesday released his “meeting with confidence” plan to safely hold meetings and conventions at his US properties.

The plan includes a “tiered health screening process” with rapid molecular tests for COVID-19 on site that provide results in about 20 minutes, according to MGM.

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Meal and break times during events will be carefully planned to “optimize guest movement,” according to MGM. The resorts will provide prepackaged meals to event attendees.

The properties will be able to host in-person, virtual or hybrid events. Digital pre-registration will be done in advance and scheduling will be used to help outrun whenever physical registrars are required.

The MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip has reopened after the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Ethan Miller / Getty Images)

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MGM has also adjusted its floor plans to allow for greater physical distance, and “high touch points” are sanitized regularly. Hand sanitizer is available in high traffic areas.

Bill Hornbuckle, president and CEO of MGM Resorts, said the plan was the culmination of months of working with experts and new technology.

Casino worker Edith Smith-Meah disinfects a video slot machine at MGM Grand Detroit casino Wednesday, August 5, 2020, in Detroit. (AP Photo / Carlos Osorio)

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“With this program, we take another step forward in safely providing a level of entertainment, convenience and service not seen since before the start of the pandemic,” Hornbuckle said in a press release.

Additionally, MGM has a seven-point safety plan in place that includes precautions such as employee temperature checks, masks for all employees and guests, and the use of physical barriers to ensure social distancing.

MGM has 30 destination hotels and casinos. Most have reopened since the coronavirus pandemic slowed travel around the world and forced them to close. Two more, Park MGM and NoMad Las Vegas, are scheduled to reopen Wednesday. Yet the company said last month it was laying off 18,000 employees.

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