Empty Las Vegas Strip counts losses as locals venture out

The marble statues at Caesars Palace are fenced off, the Venetian hotel’s gondolas sit empty, and the New York-New York casino rollercoaster has ground to a halt.Even the Bellagio’s famous dancing fountains are “completely shut” due to the coronavirus pandemic, says a surly security guard, before shooing an AFP correspondent away.In the absence of bustling crowds of drunken revelers, packed poker tables and overzealous club promoters, the slogan “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” has never felt more redundant.Last year, May was Las Vegas’s second-busiest month, drawing nearly 3.7 million v…

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