Strip shows shutting down due to ongoing restrictions

Mandated capacity limits make many shows hard to pull off

Mitch Kelly
December 15, 2020 - 5:20 am
Scenes of an empty Las Vegas Strip

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Las Vegas, NV (NV) - Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak extended the state's so-called "pause" on Sunday in an attempt to slow the surge of coronavirus cases. In response, many Las Vegas show are hitting "pause" themselves.

On Monday, MGM Resorts International canceled all live entertainment shows through January 15th. Officials made the announcement yesterday to comply with Governor Steve Sisolak's extension of the statewide pause. Under the order, public gatherings are limited to 25-percent capacity or 50 people.

Also Monday, the producers of "Absinthe" at Caesar's Palace said his show would not go on, for now, saying playing to a crowd of no more that 50 makes doing the show economically unsustainable.