American casino giant Caesars Entertainment Corporation has reportedly instituted a new worldwide policy that will see hotel staff carry out room security checks at least once every 24 hours even if guests have hung out a ‘do not disturb’ placard.
According to a report from The Associated Press news service published by the New Jersey Herald newspaper, the new procedure from Caesars Entertainment Corp. follows October’s killing of 58 people by a gunman firing from the 43-story Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
“In light of recent tragic events and to further strengthen security, we intend to check rooms with ‘do not disturb’ signs on the door every 24 hours,” Caesars Entertainment Corporation spokesperson Noel Stevenson reportedly told The Associated Press on Friday.
After first suggesting that its housekeeping staff would be performing the daily room checks, Las Vegas-headquartered Caesars Entertainment Corporation reportedly bowed to union lobbying by subsequently revealing that the safeguards are now to be carried out by specially-trained security personnel.
“After pressure from workers, Caesars Entertainment [Corporation] has agreed to rescind the room check policy that would have required housekeepers to enter rooms with ‘do not disturb’ signs on them,” reportedly read a Thursday statement from the Local 54 chapter of the UNITE-HERE labor union.
The Associated Press reportedly explained that Caesars Entertainment Corporation, which operates 47 casinos in five nations, is moreover considering whether to issue employees with panic buttons that they can utilize to summon help if they feel threatened or are in immediate danger.
“Additionally, Caesars [Entertainment Corporation] has informed us that the company is testing safety buttons with the intention of providing them to all housekeepers in the near future,” reportedly read the Local 54 statement. “Caesars [Entertainment Corporation] will also be increasing the security presence on the guest floors.”
The Associated Press reportedly detailed that Caesars Entertainment Corporation has now joined rivals such as Boyd Gaming Corporation, Wynn Resorts Limited and MGM Resorts International, which owns the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, in instituting regular room security inspections although the frequency of these checks varies from twelve hours up to two days.