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This Week in Gambling: One step back for Las Vegas casinos

29 July 2021

Things for Las Vegas casinos and across the country had slowly been getting back to normal, but then came the Delta variant of coronavirus. Now, the situation for Vegas casino workers has taken a step backward toward the restrictions we saw during the height of the pandemic. So where do we go from here?

Were things moving a bit too quickly for Las Vegas casinos? The Clark County Commission has decided it’s time for Vegas casino workers to mask-up again. They voted to reinstate mandatory mask wearing for all employees who work indoors at casinos, stores, clubs, and other places where they deal with the public.

They County Commission made this move after several casinos decided on their own to place mask mandates on their employees. In fact, the Venetian has returned to mandatory weekly testing of employees. This decision was somewhat predictable, given the recent rise in the Delta variant of the Coronavirus in and around the city. The mandate stops short of a full mask mandate that would apply to tourists on the Strip and casinos.

The new Vegas casinos mask rules will be enforced regardless of the Vegas casino workers vaccination status, and the Nevada Gaming Control Board said they will be out inspecting to ensure the mandate is being complied with. So far, there has been no talk of social distancing mandates or restrictions on casino capacity limits.

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