Las Vegas Resorts to Close Buffets Over Coronavirus Concerns

The buffets will shut down on Sunday

The buffet at the Bellagio.
The buffet at the Bellagio.
MGM Resorts
By Bonnie Stiernberg / March 11, 2020 10:10 am

As businesses continue to scramble to prevent the spread of coronavirus, MGM Resorts in Las Vegas has announced it will close all of its buffets beginning on Sunday (March 15) as a precaution.

The Buffet at Aria, Buffet at Bellagio, MGM Grand Buffet, Cravings at the Mirage, Buffet at Luxor, and Buffet at Excalibur will all be closed, but the company stressed that the move is not permanent. “These changes are temporary and will be evaluated on a weekly basis,” MGM Resorts director of media relations Brian Ahern said in a statement.

As Eater reports, employees who work at the buffets that are shut down will “work directly with MGM’s Labor Relations department to assist with any employment changes, transitions or questions as part of the temporary buffet closure process.” MGM Resorts also vowed that if an employee (including dependents) is diagnosed with coronavirus or exposed to someone with the virus and quarantined by the health district, the company will pay the employee’s regular rate of pay while they’re quarantined.

“The safety and health of guests and employees continue to be top priority as the company works with local health officials on protocol and procedures during this time,” MGM said in a statement.

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