Sombre mood at Las Vegas attractions

LAS VEGAS • Since last weekend, the city that never stops partying has turned sombre after a gunman killed at least 58 people and injured more than 500 spectators during a country music concert on the Las Vegas Strip last Sunday night.

Packs of news cameras, police and investigators abound.

A memorial with balloons, devotional candles, flowers and signs has materialised near the site in Las Vegas Boulevard.

Meanwhile, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, all hotels, casinos and attractions are open.

Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, from which gunman Stephen Paddock fired on attendees at the nearby Route 91 Harvest festival, is accepting reservations for rooms and performances, and all of its restaurants are serving guests and gamblers.

Only the 32nd floor, the staging ground of the shooter, is off-limits.

The property last Tuesday night cancelled the performance of Michael Jackson One, but it was expected to resume last Friday after two originally scheduled dark days.

Ticket holders will receive automatic reimbursement.

Visitors in cars might run across several road closures and detours, especially in Las Vegas Boulevard between Tropicana Avenue and Sunset Road.

At Mandalay Bay, a front-desk employee directed drivers to the self-parking lot instead of the main entrance.

Travellers reluctant to visit Vegas so soon after the tragedy should check with their airline about relaxed rebooking rules.

United Airlines was waiving the change fee for passengers departing up till last Friday.

The carrier will forgo the fare difference if you book the same cabin class and cities and fly by Oct 13.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 08, 2017, with the headline 'Sombre mood at Las Vegas attractions'. Print Edition | Subscribe