Nevada Casino Reopening Regulations
Casinos on the Las Vegas Strip and throughout Nevada remain shuttered today. They closed their doors on March 17, 2020 and have remained closed since then with tens of thousands of workers now either furloughed or laid off completely. Times are tough in Vegas, but there is some hope. The casinos may be reopening soon.
The Nevada Gaming Control Board is the regulatory agency that overseas the casinos and their gaming licenses. They have now released health and safety policies that casinos on the Vegas Strip & elsewhere in Nevada will have follow in order to reopen their doors. Let’s take a look at these new regulations and what they might mean for the future of Vegas.
A COVID-19 Action Plan Required to Reopen
According to the Nevada Gaming Control Board, casinos will have to submit their COVID-19 action plans at least 7 days prior to their schedule re-opening. “Plans required pursuant to
this Policy should be regularly and continuously reviewed and executed to ensure the health and safety of licensees’ guests and employees. The Board will provide updates to this Policy as circumstances surrounding this health crisis evolve.”
Nevada Casino Reopening Regulations – What Is Needed to Open?
As part of the guidelines, the casino licensees will be required to “disinfect all of its hard and soft surfaces in accordance with the guidelines published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)”. Employees must also receive proper training about: cleaning and disinfecting procedures, social distancing, proper handwashing and preventing the spread of germs at work.
Las Vegas Strip COVID-19 Operational Procedures
Nevada casinos will also be required to implement new operational policies for after they re-open. Among the new Nevada casino reopening regulations are:
- Signage should be posted throughout the property reminding employees and patrons of proper hygiene, including, without limitation, proper handwashing, how to cover coughs and sneezes and to avoid touching their faces
- Employees should be instructed to stay home if they do not feel well, and to contact a
supervisor or manager if they notice a co-worker or patron experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, such as coughing, shortness of breath, or other flu-like symptoms
- If a licensee is informed or is alerted to a case of COVID-19 at its property, it must communicate the case to and cooperate with its local health authorities. All employees should receive clear instructions on how to properly and efficiently respond to all presumed cases of COVID-19
- Licensees must follow the appropriate steps to conduct additional cleaning and disinfecting protocols of all areas that patrons visited during their stay in accordance with guidelines issuedby the licensee’s local health authority
- Plans should identify personnel or a department on property to serve as a liaison to assist local health authorities with aggregate data sharing and contract tracing
What Will Happen on the Gaming Floor
As part of these new Nevada casino reopening regulations, Las Vegas Strip casinos will have to maintain social distance at both their gaming tables and their machines. While there is no procedural requirement, removing stools from machines or coming up with other ways to social distance guests is required. Additionally, casinos must hire employees to monitor guests and ensure they are distancing.
At gaming tables the number of seats should be limited with a maximum of 3 players per Blackjack table, 6 players per Craps table, 4 players per Roulette table and 4 players per poker table. Additionally, casinos must have a plan for cleaning and disinfecting all items in and around the gaming floor.
Las Vegas Strip Occupancy Limits – COVID-19
Finally, the Nevada Gaming Control Board is implementing very strict capacity guidelines for Las Vegas Strip casinos when they reopen. Before a Nevada casino can reopen, their COVID-19 plan must limit occupancy to 50% for each gaming area according to local fire codes.
You can find all of the new Nevada Health and Safety Policies as released by the Gaming Control Board here.
Nevada Casino Reopening Regulations – Bottom Line
New Nevada casino reopening regulations have been released by the Gaming Control Board and they are fairly strict. As of now the soonest casinos in Nevada could reopen is May 15, 2020, however they have a lot of work to do to ensure guests are safe and that all of these regulations are complied with.
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