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Venetian, Palazzo to remain open without layoffs, Sands says

Las Vegas Sands Corp. plans to keep its Las Vegas properties open and is not considering layoffs, according to a Sunday statement.

Spokespeople for Caesars Entertainment Corp. and Boyd Gaming Corp. also told the Review-Journal they have no plans to temporarily close Nevada properties.

The announcements came shortly after a Sunday afternoon address from Gov. Steve Sisolak, in which he ordered the closure of all K-12 public schools in Nevada beginning Monday to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. Wynn Resorts Ltd. subsequently said it would close its two Nevada properties, Wynn Las Vegas and Encore, for two weeks.

Sands spokesman Ron Reese said the company will work with team members impacted by the school closings in the Las Vegas community, and will “continue taking the recommended precautions necessary to keep our team members and guests safe.”

The company is not considering any changes to existing health care benefit plans, according to Reese.

“Our team members are our most valuable asset and we have every intention of getting through this challenging situation together,” Reese said.

Caesars Entertainment Corp. spokesman Richard Broome said the company plans to keep its Nevada properties open, but “it’s too soon to know” how the school closures will impact staffing.

Boyd Gaming Corp. spokesman David Strow said the company, which operates 12 properties in Southern Nevada, has no further closures to announce at this time.

Boyd announced Sunday it is closing or has already closed properties in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois, following orders from the states’ gaming regulators.

The Nevada Gaming Commission has said it has no plans to close the state’s 440 licensed nonrestricted casino properties. The commission is next scheduled to meet Thursday.

Spokespeople from Red Rock Resorts and MGM Resorts International did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The Review-Journal is owned by the family of Las Vegas Sands Corp. Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson.

Contact Bailey Schulz at bschulz@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0233. Follow @Bailey_schulz on Twitter.

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