Attractions are open, but the mood is somber in Las Vegas

A sign honoring the victims of the largest mass shooting in modern history is displayed at the Stratosphere in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Oct. 4.


By ANDREA SACHS | The Washington Post | Published: October 5, 2017

Since a gunman killed 59 people and injured more than 500 spectators during a country music concert on the Las Vegas Strip, the city that never stops partying has turned somber.

Packs of news cameras, police and investigators abound. A memorial with balloons, devotional candles, flowers and signs has materialized near the site on 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 canceled the Tuesday-night performance of "Michael Jackson One," but expects the show to return 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 on 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.

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

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