As the coronavirus continues to be a problem in the state of Nevada, gaming operators are changing their health and safety policies. The mask policies of top gaming operators MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment have changed, now requiring all guests inside their properties to wear face masks at all times.
The only exception for removing a mask is to drink or eat. The policy applies to all properties of the operators that are open across the United States. Any visitor who refuses to follow this policy will be directed to leave the premises.
Mask Policy Changes:
The announcement by Caesars on the new mask policy was made just a short time before Governor Steve Sisolak delivered a press conference updating residents on the coronavirus response in the state. Tony Rodio, the CEO of Caesars, stated that the company is immediately changing its policy to require everyone inside their properties to wear a mask as scientific evidence strongly suggests that mask-wearing and social distancing are important deterrents to spreading the virus.
Dealers and other casino employees are required to wear a face mask or shield based on reopening regulations by the gaming authority. For guests of the properties, masks are not mandatory but encouraged. Caesars Palace, a property of Caesars Entertainment, reopened on June 4 and handed out masks to everyone at the entrance. However, it was estimated that only around 20% of the visitors were wearing masks.
In Nevada, cases of coronavirus are surging with some restaurants in Las Vegas closing due to positive cases. Several restaurants have seen positive tests including the Northside Café of the Sahara. Restaurants in the Flamingo, as well as the Linq Hotel and the Bellagio, have also seen cases.
Governor Sisolak stated that he is supportive of local leaders who want to set stricter restrictions. Business owners are encouraged to create a mandate for mask-wearing among employees and guests.