Rio Reopens in Vegas After Nine-Month Lockdown

The off-Strip Rio Casino Hotel became the last property operated by Caesars Entertainment to reopen follow the March pandemic closings. In early January, the Rio will only be open on the weekends.

The Rio Casino Hotel last week reopened in Las Vegas after a 9-month shutdown that began last March. It was the last property operated by Caesars Entertainment to reopen following the lockdown. In September 2019, Caesars sold the Rio to Dreamscape, a subsidiary of the Imperial Companies of New York for $516.3 million. Caesars continues to operate the property under a two-year agreement.

The reopening featured a turkey giveaway for the holidays to Las Vegas employees of Caesars Entertainment.

“This holiday distribution to our Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas Team Members is a token of our sincere appreciation for their dedication this year,” said Caesars Entertainment Regional President Gary Selesner. “We are hopeful this gift will help make this time of year a little brighter and provide some holiday cheer for our Team Members and their families.”

The reopening brings back thousands of jobs to Las Vegas.

“It is an important day for the Rio as we finally end a long nine-month closure and reopen the final Caesars Entertainment property in Las Vegas to guests,” said Senior Vice President and Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino General Manager Steve Ellis. “However, and arguably even more importantly, reopening means we welcome back our incredibly talented Rio team members. Their patience and tenacity through this difficult time make this moment even more special, and we thank them and Dreamscape, the new owner of the property, for the smooth transition as we begin to entertain our guests again.”

While the all facets of the hotel will be open through the Christmas-New Year’s holiday, on January 3, the hotel will close during the week and only reopen Thursday – Sunday. The casino will remain open 24/7.