Slow business prompts Encore to close three days a week

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Steve Marcus

A view of the Encore and Wynn on the Las Vegas Strip Wednesday, April 22, 2020.

Published Tue, Oct 13, 2020 (11:02 a.m.)

Updated Tue, Oct 13, 2020 (2:11 p.m.)

Citing weak customer demand, Wynn Resorts announced today it is cutting the operating schedule at the Encore to four days a week.

The 2,034-room Strip resort will be open Thursdays through Sundays only. After closing at noon Monday, it will be closed until 2 p.m. on Oct. 22.

The Encore has been operating on an around-the-clock basis.

The new schedule will continue indefinitely until “consumer demand for Las Vegas increases,” the company said.

The adjacent Wynn Las Vegas will continue to operate on a 24-7 schedule.

The impact on employees was not known. "We have not yet determined the number of employees who will be furloughed as a result of the reduction in operating hours," a Wynn Resorts representative said in a statement.

Both resorts were closed from mid-March until June 4, when casinos were allowed to reopen from a state-mandated shutdown to help control the spread of the coronavirus.

But tourism has been lagging since the reopening. Midweek hotel occupancy rates in Las Vegas were down nearly 50% in August compared to the same month in 2019, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

The poker room at the Encore will temporarily move to the Wynn Las Vegas on Monday and will continue to operate around the clock.

All other amenities at Encore, including restaurants, will operate on the new schedule, the company said. Checkout time for guests staying Sunday nights at Encore will be noon the next day.

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