The Nugget Casino in Sparks announced on Thursday that it will resume operations soon, with added health and safety protocols in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Nugget joins other area casinos such as the Peppermill Resort Hotel and the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino, which recently shared plans to reopen their properties. All hotel-casinos will implement additional safety measures, with the Peppermill also installing thermal cameras as a precaution.
State gambling regulators have not given the go-ahead or a date for the lifting of Gov. Steve Sisolak’s mid-March order closing all gambling establishments to prevent groups from gathering and spreading coronavirus. But some resorts are aiming for a June 1 reopening.
Nugget employees are being trained on COVID-19 awareness, according to a news release from owner Marnell Gaming, and extra cleaning and sanitizing and social distancing will be implemented.
The company said it has secured 15,000 FDA-approved coronavirus tests and every employee will be tested for COVID-19 prior to returning to work.
“As we reopen the Nugget Casino and resume operations nothing is more important than team member and guest safety,” said Anthony Marnell III, chairman and CEO of Marnell Gaming.
The safety precautions at reopening include:
- Temperature checks for all guests and employees entering the property.
- The casino floor will be limited to 50% occupancy with slot machine banks arranged to allow for proper physical distancing and limited seating at all table games and bingo.
- Hand-sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the property and the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting in all common and back of house areas will be increased.
- Rosie’s Café, Oyster Bar, Starbucks and Anthony’s Chophouse will be open for food and beverage service, with social distancing protocols in place and with limited occupancy in accordance with state and local guidelines. Reservations will be required.
The Nugget did not provide a date for reopening in its announcement. The Nugget Casino Resort website, however, is now taking reservations for June 1.
On May 16, the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe also announced that it will resume hotel operations on June 4. The reopening will be done in line with Gov. Sisolak’s Phase 1 guidelines, the hotel-casino posted on its Facebook page.
“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome back our guests and community, and will be taking enhanced steps in order to ensure your safety and wellbeing while on-site,” the Hyatt Regency said.
The Peppermill Resort Spa Casino also announced a tentative June 1 reopening date in an email sent to its frequent guests. The hotel-casino will implement extensive safety training and also test its employees prior to re-opening. Peppermill employees will be required to wear masks at all times, with guests also being encouraged to do so.
Prior to entering the building, hotel-casino workers will undergo daily temperature checks at the employee entrance. Peppermill staff will also be instructed to wash their hands, not just at the beginning of their shift but during break periods and other points in the workday.
A social distancing protocol of six feet will be implemented in the property’s common areas. Table game seating will be reduced and every other slot machine will also be turned off with its chairs removed. In areas such as the front desk, casino cage and restaurant cashier stations, the Peppermill will install plexiglass barriers. Restaurants, meanwhile, will have reduced seating and feature stations for hand sanitizers and sanitizing wipes.
As an additional safety precaution, the Peppermill will install thermal cameras at various guest entry points in the property. The Peppermill’s opening date will be subject to any changes coming from the governor’s office.
“Should any changes occur that affect your reservation date, we will automatically cancel your reservation without any charge,” the Peppermill told guests in its email.
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