MGM Cancels Shows Through August

Many Now Facing Layoffs In Wake Of Decision

Mitch Kelly
July 28, 2020 - 6:05 am
Exterior photo of the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino June 30, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada

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LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - MGM Resorts was hoping to open up the entertainment arm of their operations by August 1st, but a letter sent out to employees on Monday dashed those plans.

In light of spikes in coronavirus cases in Clark County, MGM on Monday said that they would put the restart of the entertainment engine on hold at least through August, canceling all production shows and concerts.

Adding to the pain was the announcement of hundreds of layoffs on the entertainment and sports side, even though the company says it hopes to bring back workers once show schedules resume and demand ramps up. An exact number of those facing job loss isn't known.

MGM told its employees that it had hoped the casino closures would be brief, but the pandemic has progressed, and that it doesn't look like "it will be safe to restart shows prior to August 31, 2020."

That means many of the employees in the entertainment and sports division will be fired on that date. Employees who are let go will be able to still apply for emergency grants for health benefits from the casino through November 29, 2020.