One of the largest and most sought after meals in Las Vegas is now out of service after MGM Resorts announced the closing of its buffet restaurants. And it’s not only at the MGM Grand, but several other of their hotels in sin city.
According to the officials with MGM, it was announced Tuesday the company will temporarily close its buffets inside the MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Aria, Bellagio, Mirage, Luxor, and Excalibur.
The decision comes after over 100,000 people have been confirmed infected with the virus, and two cases have been linked to Las Vegas, Nevada.
“The safety and health of guests and employees continue to be top priority as the company works with local health officials on protocol and procedures during this time,” the company said in a statement.
The continued, the company will “work directly with MGM’s Labor Relations department to assist with any employment changes, transitions or questions as part of the temporary Buffet closure process.”
The decision will be revisited on a weekly basis in efforts to control the spread of the virus, but ensure it opens back up as soon as possible.
Comedian David Alan Grier responded to the devastating news, tweeting, They closed the buffet in Vegas? This s gettin real as a Muthafa now!”
They closed the buffet in Vegas? This shit gettin real as a Muthafucka now!
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— David Alan Grier (@davidalangrier) March 10, 2020
Another person tweeted, “MGM Resorts admits what all food service establishments know. Buffets are unsanitary and dirty. Avoid when at all possible, anywhere, anytime. Mainly caused by ignorant people licking their fingers, allowing children to handle food, etc. Disgusting for sure.”
Las Vegas has hand only two reported patients confirmed with the Coronavirus, and according to the Southern Nevada Health District one of them is woman in her 70’s who is “currently hospitalized and in isolation.”
Tons of people have taken to Twitter in reaction to the news, some tweeted funny memes, and others just outright scared of the seriousness of this latest move.
Of course, this is no laughing matter, many of the people who work inside Las Vegas casinos depend on a business primarily based on people visiting their town.