When Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak closed nonessential businesses on March 17th to help curb the spread of Covid-19, questions immediately surfaced as to how and when hotels, restaurants and casinos would reopen, and what would the new rules be, particularly in such heavily trafficked tourist destinations like Las Vegas, Reno and Laughlin.
In the past few weeks, many headlines have included news of the first hotels to reopen on the strip, which came with new housekeeping protocols that include more frequent cleaning of HVAC filters, replacing ALL linens and glassware between stays, and extra time sanitizing high-touch surfaces like TV remotes and telephones. And then there was information regarding the reactivation of the Fremont Street Canopy Experience, coming June 3rd. Now comes news of the official reopening of casinos on June 4th. And, as expected, it’s accompanied by several restrictions.
Casinos will be allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity and will be required to limit the number of people allowed inside. The Nevada Gaming Control Board also advocates for social distancing at gaming tables and slot machines, frequent hand washing by staff, and hand sanitizer to be made available to visitors. Additionally, all staff is to undergo COVID-19 cleaning protocols and safety training. The board notes that these procedures are minimum requirements and encourages hotels and casinos to further develop their own safety measures.
Similarly, restaurants and bars located within casinos also will need to adapt by rearranging their seating to suit social distancing requirements.
Nightclubs and day club pool parties will remain closed for now, although pools will be allowed to reopen with social distancing for seating and lounges in place.
Visitors can expect more reopenings and restrictions to be announced in the near future.
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