Virgin Hotels Las Vegas overhaul on track despite virus, CEO says Eli Segall, Las Vegas Review-Journal · April 14, 2020 at 3:18 pm After a farewell party weekend, the Hard Rock Hotel closed in early February to transform into a Virgin-branded resort. The off-Strip property’s makeover is still on track — but Las Vegas’ financial lifeblood, the tourism industry, has collapsed around it. Gov. Steve Sisolak last month ordered casinos and other businesses closed in Nevada to help contain the spreading coronavirus. He let construction keep going, deeming it “essential” alongside hospitals, grocery stores and others amid the outbreak. The Hard Rock’s renovation is still on schedule, President and CEO Richard “Boz” Bosworth said, but the economy is in turmoil with record job losses, and there are still plenty of unknowns.