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Nevada Gaming Board adapts policy regarding masks for casino guests

18 June 2020

It’s time to "mask up" in Las Vegas.

Less than two weeks after the much-anticipated grand reopening of casinos in Nevada, the state’s gaming board updated its “Health and Safety Policies for the Resumption of Gaming Operations” on Wednesday, making “optional” or “suggested” masks for players a thing of the past.

The policy now “requires” casino guests to wear “face coverings” at table and card games “if there is no barrier, partition, or shield between the dealer and each player.” The requirement applies to “table and card game players, spectators, and any other person within 6 feet of any table or card game.”

Additionally, appropriate personal protective equipment may be required or recommended by federal, state, or local authorities and “when required or recommended,” licensees must ensure that PPE is “utilized by employees and provide training on how to properly use and dispose of all PPE.”

Operators must also “provide for the availability of face masks or cloth face coverings” for their guests “upon request.”

“Upon entering the gaming establishment, licensees must offer all patrons and guests a face covering or have dedicated signage throughout the establishment notifying patrons that face coverings are available,” the policy states.

Nevada casinos received the green light to reopen on 4 June following an unprecedented 78-day closure due to COVID-19. Before resuming operations, gaming properties were required to follow new guidelines created by the Nevada Control Board, including 50% capacity, reduced number of slot machines, and fewer seats at gaming tables, such as three players per blackjack table and five players per poker table.

As of this morning, 65% of Nevada gaming properties have reopened, according to a new free web app at GamingDirectory.com/COVID-19/ that shows complete details on more than 2,000 casino and gaming property closings and 1,000 reopenings.
Gary Trask
Gary serves as Casino City's managing editor and has more than 20 years experience as a writer and editor. He also manages new business ventures for Casino City.

A member of the inaugural Poker Hall of Fame Media Committee and a current member of the Women in Poker Hall of Fame voting panel, Gary enjoys playing poker and blackjack, but spends most of his time sitting in the comfy confines of the sportsbook when in Las Vegas.

The Boston native is also a former PR pro in the golf-casino-resort industry and a fanatical golfer, allowing his two favorite hobbies - gambling and golf - to collide quite naturally.

Contact Gary at gary@casinocity.com and follow him on Twitter at @CasinoCityGT.

Gary Trask Websites:

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Gary Trask
Gary serves as Casino City's managing editor and has more than 20 years experience as a writer and editor. He also manages new business ventures for Casino City.

A member of the inaugural Poker Hall of Fame Media Committee and a current member of the Women in Poker Hall of Fame voting panel, Gary enjoys playing poker and blackjack, but spends most of his time sitting in the comfy confines of the sportsbook when in Las Vegas.

The Boston native is also a former PR pro in the golf-casino-resort industry and a fanatical golfer, allowing his two favorite hobbies - gambling and golf - to collide quite naturally.

Contact Gary at gary@casinocity.com and follow him on Twitter at @CasinoCityGT.

Gary Trask Websites:

twitter.com/#!/casinocityGT