Yes, dice will roll, cards will be dealt and slot machines will beckon. But poker rooms? Closed. Tourists returning to Las Vegas will see changes since gambling stopped in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic. (May 22) AP Entertainment
LAS VEGAS – Planning a visit next week to post-pandemic Las Vegas?
Expect to get your temperature checked.
Nevada gaming authorities have released a new set of rules ahead of Las Vegas Strip properties opening in the wake of the COVID-19 shutdown next week – and mandatory temperature checks are part of the Phase 2 reopening program.
The updated guidelines were released Wednesday following a workshop meeting between health and public safety officials and the state’s Gaming Control Board.
Several Las Vegas hotel-casinos – including Caesars Palace, Bellagio and Wynn – have announced their official reopening date as June 4.
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Here’s what you need to know ahead of hotel-casinos reopening:
All guests must have their temperatures taken on arrival, and properties must have medical crews on site at all times.
There must also be a designated areas where visitors can be tested for COVID-19 and wait for results.
Masks available on request
Casinos companies like Wynn Resorts, MGM and Caesars Entertainment announced all employees will be required to wear masks at all times.
The Gaming Control Board is now requiring all properties to have masks available for guests, who will be strongly encouraged to wear them.
Don’t expect to grab a slot machine next to your sweetheart or best friend.
Gambling in the time of COVID-19 will be more solitary. Occupancy limits in gaming areas will be cut in half.
Tourists will see chairs and stools in front of every other gaming machine.
Properties must regularly disinfect gaming machines, chairs and other equipment, and dealers will even offer card players a complimentary pump of sanitizer between hands.
Social distancing will be remain an everyday part of resort life.
Gathering in groups – one time a staple of the Las Vegas experience – will be prohibited.
Gaming authorities want casino employees to make sure guests don’t bunch together.
Checking in, waiting for a table
All restaurants, bars and shops and the casino floor will have plenty of signs reminding guests about distancing.
Some properties will even use plexiglass barriers where distancing is a challenge.
At MGM properties, a contactless check-in system through the MGM Resorts App will allow hotel guests to go through the check-in process on their personal devices with minimal interactions.
At restaurants, guests can expect digital menus to view on mobile devices. To stop groups congregating while they waiting for a table, guests will get text notifications when their seats are ready.
All clubs will remain closed
Don’t expect to hit the clubs, as they’ll stay shuttered until further notice.
Ed Komenda writes about Las Vegas for the Reno Gazette Journal and USA Today Network. Do you care about democracy? Then support local journalism by subscribing to the Reno Gazette Journal right here.
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