As the number of COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Las Vegas, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak has ordered face masks be worn by everyone in public starting June 25.
Casinos started reopening on June 4 and although face masks have been mandatory for employees, they have been voluntary for travelers. Not anymore.
Caesars was the first among the big players to institute a mandatory face mask policy in all its properties. MGM then followed suit. Everyone at the properties must wear masks at all times, except when eating or drinking.
“We promised that Caesars would continue to evaluate the latest recommendations, directives and medical science regarding the COVID-19 public health emergency and modify our enhanced health and safety protocols accordingly,” said Tony Rodio, CEO of Caesars Entertainment, in a statement. “As a result, we are immediately requiring everyone in our properties to wear masks, because the scientific evidence strongly suggests that wearing masks and practicing social distancing may be the most important deterrents to spreading COVID-19 from person to person,” he added.
Anyone who refuses to wear a mask, after being asked, will be directed to leave the property, explains Caesars.
The universal mask requirement will apply to all of Caesars businesses currently open in Louisiana, Mississippi, Iowa, Missouri, Nevada, and Indiana, as well as tribal properties in Arizona, California and North Carolina. The mask requirement will also apply to additional Caesars properties as they reopen in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Illinois and Ontario. Caesars will continue to open properties in line with regulatory approvals and customer demand.
MGM issued a statement saying, “As part of our work to continually update and evolve our health and safety policies, we are now requiring masks for all guests and visitors inside public spaces.”
This story originally appeared in sister publication, Recommend.