Owner of Stratosphere property goes to 100% casino capacity


LAS VEGAS — The Las Vegas casino long known as the Stratosphere announced Monday it has lifted most coronavirus pandemic restrictions and moved to 100% capacity on its casino floor after meeting Nevada Gaming Control Board requirements.

STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod owner Golden Entertainment Inc. said it provided COVID-19 vaccinations at on-site casino clinics for employees and their families.

Property Vice President and General Manager Stephen Thayer said masks still will be required for workers and guests at the iconic tallest tower on Las Vegas Boulevard.

Golden Entertainment bought the 2,427-room STRAT in late 2017 and has been renovating the 25-year-old property.

The tower is 1,149 feet (350 meters) high and features sightseeing, a restaurant with a 360-degree rotating dining room and several thrill rides.

The Wynn Las Vegas, Encore and Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas got approval last week from regulators to lift capacity and physical distancing limits and remove clear plastic separators from gambling tables.

They showed the Gaming Control Board that at least 80% of their employees had received at least one shot of coronavirus vaccine.

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