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Company won’t reopen some Vegas casinos as soon as others

May 3, 2020 GMT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas casino says it will reopen some of its properties when allowed to do so, but that others will remain closed indefinitely as fallout from the coronavirus shutdown.

CEO Frank Fertitta of Stations Casino also said Friday in a letter to employees that it is laying off a significant but unspecified number of employees.

Stations Casino had about 14,000 employees in metro Las Vegas earlier this year.

Properties that won’t reopen immediately when the shutdown ends are the Palms, Fiesta Henderson, Fiesta Rancho and Texas Station.

Fertita said in the letter that the company doesn’t know what business will look like, only that business levels will be lower than before.

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He said the company has tried to retain its entire workforce but can no longer do so “in the face of this continued uncertainty.”″

The letter said the properties that will be reopened initially are Red Rock Resort, Green Valley Ranch Resort, Santa Fe Station, Boulder Station, Palace Station, Sunset Station and Wildfire .

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak said it will be mid-May at the earliest before casinos ordered closed March 17 to help curb the spread of the virus will be allowed to reopen.