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This Week in Gambling: Could Las Vegas casinos close again?

5 August 2021

Last week saw the return of Las Vegas casino restrictions where employees had to wear masks indoors. This week's gambling news finds Nevada following the CDC recommendations, meaning tourists at Vegas casinos must also wear masks. Will social distancing and capacity restrictions follow? And could a Las Vegas closure actually happen again?

In our last episode of This Week in Gambling we told you that a Las Vegas face masks mandate had been reinstated… but only for casino employees and others working indoors and around the public.We also stated, however, that the situation was fluid and could change at any moment. Today is that moment.

Nevada Governor Sisolak has signed an Emergency Directive which rolls things back to May, and makes face masks mandatory for all individuals (whether employee or tourist) to wear face masks starting July 30th. This directive comes in the midst of the latest wave of infections from the new “Delta Variant” of Coronavirus. Nearly 1,000 people in Nevada have recently tested positive for COVID-19, which is the highest daily total since late January.

Although Las Vegas face masks have returned, there has not yet been any comment on social distancing or casino capacity restrictions. Obviously, all that could change at any time. A Las Vegas closure has not been discussed yet, but last week no one was discussing making tourists wear masks. Stay with us for more Las Vegas Covid information.

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