Like it or not, players must now wear masks under certain conditions in Nevada casinos as required by law. They are stipulated for those not separated by plexiglass.

The order comes from the state regulator, the Nevada Gaming Control Board. It adds to the existing health and safety policies for all relevant venues. It was deemed necessary in the face of on-going COVID-19 cases.

“Casinos must require patrons to wear face coverings at table and card games if there is no barrier, partition, or shield between the dealer and each player.”

table/card players and spectators alike are bound by the new rule. It is no longer a matter of choice for guests given the proved effectiveness of masks.

While everyone has their own personal reason for not wanting to comply, for casinos it is a mandated law. However, someone in New York recently wore a mask to rob a local casino.

As more Las Vegas casinos reopen, it is wise to take precautions by taking reservations or limiting players in a given area, usually up to three for blackjack, four for roulette, and six for craps.

The Sahara is going the reservation route, requiring a 72-hour notice for blackjack, roulette, and baccarat. It has wisely implemented the Take A Seat program. Families have some leeway and several members of the same household can enter provided they maintain social distancing.

Players who are members of the casino’s Player Club reward program will have an easy time but it is not required to make a reservation. But a Sahara account is requested.


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