Transcript for Las Vegas casinos on the strip reopen their doors
Now to restarting Las Vegas, casinos on the strip opening their doors today for the first time since March but it is far from business as usual as the city faces both coronavirus fears and the ongoing protests. Kayna Whitworth is in Las Vegas with more. Good morning, kayna. Reporter: Amy, good morning. The protests here were peaceful last night and behind me a sign that Las Vegas is coming back to life. The iconic bellagio fountains are turned on for the first time in 11 weeks and today they have three special shows planned. One of them is to honor frontline workers and one of them is to honor the resilient residents right here playing "Viva Las Vegas." After being closed for more than 2 1/2 months, sin city is finally opening its doors. Glitz and glamour, gaming and dining, a desert oasis coming back to life. The excitement subdued Monday. After a mostly peaceful day of protests in the name of racial justice ending in violence. A police officer now fighting for his life shot in the head in front of circus circus. A city that has shown its resilience in the past now tested amid turmoil and a global pandemic. Clark county commissioner Marilyn Kirk Patrick telling ABC news -- We are moving forward because we have to. The president of mgm resorts tweeting this message, to our employee, partners and loyal guests in the black community, we stand with you and with all diverse communities. Nearly 40% of the Las Vegas workforce is in the tourism industry. Many eager to get back to work yet shrouded with uncertainty. Vegas hotels working around the clock to create a safe space for people to escape. So when you play craps, you even have partitions here at this table and so now how many people can be at this table. Normally you could do six per side. We're limping it down to three. So you've built this hand washingtation in the middle of the casino for people. We did. Reporter: Many heading to Vegas say they are not deterred by recent events. We've taken all the precautions we've had to take. Reporter: Several owners also making the bet that now is the time to open. People have been waiting to go to work now for 11 weeks. Everybody is just very excited to go back to work and serving our customers. Reporter: And the airport says they are seeing an uptick in flights into Las Vegas and I tell you what, seeing these fountains turn on, it is awe inspiring. Everybody is stopping to watch the you can tell they're smiling even with their masks on, you guys. This is roughly 22 million gallons of water that has been quiet for way too long. That is something. Las Vegas has been hit so, so Coming up later redefining
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