USA: Iconic Las Vegas buildings and strip deserted during lockdown

Las Vegas streets appeared deserted on Thursday, as the south-western state has yet to emerge from its coronavirus lockdown. Many iconic buildings like the Bonanza Gift Shop, The Mirage Hotel and the Bellaggio Hotel were completely empty and cordoned off to visitors, although some individuals took advantage of the conditions to bike and walk along the famous strip unimpeded. «I take my... Еще necessary precautions. You know, I feel a little bit safer. It doesn't seem like a lot of people are wearing masks, which kind of surprised me. There's a lot of people on bicycles and walking around, and nobody seems to be wearing masks. So that's kind of strange,» said Jeff, an engineer from Utah who came to visit family during the shutdown. «I thought it's probably a once in a lifetime opportunity to come and see the strip completely empty the way that it is. It's weird to see it with no traffic and no people,» he added. The governor of Nevada, Steve Sisolak, recently announced plans to allow most retail businesses to reopen this Saturday, May 9, but made clear that these openings would not give the go-ahead to casinos to resume operations. The so-called 'Phase One' of the plan is intended to last until May 30.

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