Wynn Resorts was more specific. The Buffet at Wynn Las Vegas now has hand sanitizer provided by the entrance and employees staffed at each station to serve food directly, eliminating the need for guests to touch utensils altogether. "All of our restaurants continue to maintain the highest possible standards of cleanliness," said a company representative.
Coronavirus hysteria is being felt at restaurants off the Strip as well. Chinatown businesses were unfairly the first to see a drop in customers. (So make a point to visit and support the neighborhood's wonderfully diverse dining spots.)
"Despite not one case of coronavirus in any Chinatown, anywhere in the country, there is a stigma surrounding these neighborhoods," said Joe Muscaglione of Shanghai Taste, which recently opened in Chinatown. "We've been fortunate. Shanghai Taste remains busy and we're often on a wait. We're taking extra precautions and sanitizing door handles, computer screens, hard surfaces, and light switches on an hourly basis."
Shiraz, a restaurant three miles west of the Strip that specializes in Halal-Indian and Mediterranean cuisine, just launched its own in-house delivery service in response to the coronavirus crisis. “No matter what’s going on in the world, we still have to eat, and should be able to continue to eat well,” said Executive Chef Jainine Jaffer. “This is something new for us to live and work through as a community, so I felt it was my duty to find a solution to accommodate my customers… even during times of uncertainty such as this.”
Another locals' favorite, Lotus of Siam, which serves Thai dishes east of the Strip is doing its best to take precautions, starting with its own team. The restaurant is providing healthcare and sick day coverage for its employees if needed. "We'll voluntarily quarantine anyone showing symptoms," says General Manager Penny Chutima. "We hope that things will not get worse, but in the meantime we are doing everything possible to make sure everyone is protected."
Meanwhile, Vegas continues to move forward with new events happening every week. While major large-scale gatherings like Coachella in Southern California and the Ultra Music Festival in Miami have been postponed, no announcements have been made on major spring events like the NFL Draft on the Strip or the Electric Daisy Carnival at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Cirque du Soleil, however, just finalized a decision to postpone its eighth annual One Night for One Drop charity show scheduled for March 27 at the Luxor.
Mayor Carolyn Goodman, who is on record opposing MGM Resorts' decision to close its buffets, is urging perspective and rationality in facing the crisis. "Don't let fear take over," she posted on Twitter. "Wash your hands. Take all the precautions (the Southern Nevada Health District) recommends. If you follow these precautions, the vast majority of us will be safe and can live our lives."