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Las Vegas entertainment officials hail relaxing of COVID-19 restrictions

Updated September 30, 2020 - 11:35 am

Producers and entertainment officials reacted optimistically to Gov. Steve Sisolak’s announcement he is relaxing of capacities for mass gatherings in Nevada.

Adam Steck of SPI Entertainment and David Saxe of David Saxe Productions were among those encouraged by Tuesday’s developments.

Caesars Entertainment President of Entertainment Jason Gastwirth praised the governor’s decision in a text.

“Live entertainment is the lifeblood of Las Vegas, and we are confident through our carefully constructed health and safety plan, along with the collaboration of our entertainment partners, we can move quickly to successfully reopen theaters when approved to do so to ensure the Entertainment Capital of the World is also the safest. Caesars Entertainment applauds the efforts of Gov. Sisolak, Clark County Commission Chairwoman Marilyn Kirkpatrick and our other officials who have worked tirelessly to support the hospitality industry in this unprecedented time.”

Ivory Star co-owner John Bentham, whose shows include Tape Face, “Marriage Can Be Murder,” Adam London’s “Laughternoon” and “Defending The Caveman,” added this:

“We are thrilled with the Governor’s directive today. Our casts, crews and production teams have been preparing for months to get back to work safely. We are excited to work with our casino partners to open our shows as safely and quickly as possible and bring entertainment back to the city we love.”

Alan Glist of Glist Entertainment said, “There’s lots to do, lots to figure out, lots of protocols and lots of restrictions. At least we can see some light at the end of this tunnel.” Glist and his wife, Kathi, produce the long-running “Menopause The Musical” and Bronx Wanderers at Harrah’s, and also mentalist Thomas John at Caesars Palace’s Cleopatra’s Barge.

Starting Thursday, the gathering limit for indoor and outdoor events will be raised to no more than 250 people, up from the 50-person limit implemented in May.

There are several exemptions that could allow large venues, such as Allegiant Stadium, the new home of the Las Vegas Raiders, large churches and even convention centers to host substantially more people — so long as those attendees could maintain and follow social distancing standards and a slew of other requirements.

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