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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- MGM Resorts said it would temporarily close buffets at multiple Las Vegas Strip properties to prevent the potential spread of coronavirus.

Buffets at Aria, Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Luxor and Excalibur would be close temporarily, effective Sun. March 15. A spokesperson with MGM couldn't provide an estimated time of reopening.

Culinary Union 226 spokesperson Bethany Khan declined providing a statement on the change but said the union would be meeting with casino companies to negotiate possible effects of the coronavirus.

A request for comment to Station Casinos on whether the company was considering a similar measure was not immediately returned.

Wynn Las Vegas said effective Wednesday, The Buffet will have staff assist in serving food so guests don't have to touch the utensils.

Caesars Entertainment said their buffets remain open:

Caesars buffets remain open and we are incorporating cleaning and hygiene protocols into the buffets as well as the rest of our operations across the company. 

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(4) comments

HarryCanyon

I wonder why they decided this? How is the buffet any different from any other indoor public place on a property? Is the average age of a buffet patron significantly older than other locations? Or perhaps people bring their kids there, and kids are less cautious?

Medium Mack

What’s the morbidly obese people going to do ?

MicheleR58

Why was my post removed? I merely said that I felt it was a mistake to close the Buffets. It is only going to serve to hurt the economy here even MORE.

MicheleR58

I think this is a mistake. Keep them open, but just be mindful. You are NOT helping the economy by doing this.

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